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29/05/2019 5:16 PM IST

Protests And Hunger Strike: How Congress Leaders Are Urging Rahul To Not Quit

Sheila Dikshit met Rahul Gandhi and told him to continue as Congress chief.

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The uncertainty in the Congress continued to prevail on Wednesday with its chief Rahul Gandhi sticking to his offer to resign, even as some party workers sat on a hunger strike outside his house to convince him against quitting.

The Congress workers were detained by the police and let off subsequently.

Delhi Congress leader Vijay Jatan and some workers, who sat on a hunger strike outside Rahul Gandhi’s Tughlaq Lane residence, said their demand was that the latter should take his resignation back because the party needed his leadership.

Congress workers in Bengaluru also held protests outside the party office to urge Rahul Gandhi to stay on as Congress chief.

The crisis in the Congress showed no signs of easing with Rahul Gandhi sticking to his decision to resign as party chief after its Lok Sabha poll debacle and staying away from meeting party leaders.

Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit met Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday and said, “I have given him the message that he should not resign. We want him to continue on his post, otherwise it will cause us pain. We have conveyed that to him,” reported ANI.

On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi had only met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, besides senior party leader KC Venugopal and the Congress’ chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot went to meet Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence on Tuesday, but they only met Priyanka there.

Senior Congress leaders have been pressing upon Rahul Gandhi to take back his resignation and revamp the party at all levels in these challenging times.

(With PTI inputs)