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Yogendra Misra, the district President of the Indian National Congress in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has sent his resignation to party President Rahul Gandhi, owning moral responsibility for Gandhi's defeat.
Misra, in a letter, said that it was his responsibility to ensure the Congress victory in Amethi and he had failed to accomplish the task. Hence he felt that he should take moral responsibility for the same.
Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Congress President Raj Babbar also offered to resign, claiming moral responsibility for the poor performance of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh where the party won just one of the 80 seats.
According to the sources, any decision on the resignations would be taken after the Congress Working Committee meets.
The Congress suffered a major embarrassment with Rahul Gandhi losing from the party’s stronghold to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Smriti Irani by 55,120 votes.
Talking to PTI over the phone, the Amethi Congress leader said he would nevertheless continue working for the party.
Gandhi got 4,13,394 votes against Irani’s 4,68,514 votes, according to Election Commission statistics.
The Congress president had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from two seats. He won from Wayanad in Kerala by a margin of 4,31,770 votes.
By Sowmya Sangam