Raj Babbar resigns as UP Congress chief, say party sources


Congress leader Raj Babbar on Tuesday resigned from the post of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief.

Following the verdict, Congress President Rahul Gandhi told the party was keen on rebuilding itself in Uttar Pradesh but opined it can not happen overnight.

The bypoll dealt a shock to both BJP and Congress as the unexpected alliance of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party played spoilsport at the last minute. Although he said that he would use persuasion rather than coercion to insert young leaders in influential positions long held by the grandees, few could have missed the intent behind the remark.

Gandhi's speech stressed on infusing young blood into the grand old party, which had also resulted in Shantaram Naik resigning as the Goa Congress chief Monday.

Congress's performance has been dwindling since its candidates were polled low during the election time at Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

A report on India Today said that till the time Babbar's resignation is confirmed, he will continue working as the state party president.

Babbar's admirers believe that he should take up responsibilities at the central organisational level and canvass for Rahul Gandhi's Prime Ministerial bid in 2019 as the star campaigner of the Congress.

Notably, two days ago, the Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki had also reportedly tendered his resignation.

Talking to India Today, Raj Babbar said that his sole goal was to end the rule of the BJP from the entire country and now he will get started with this BJP-removal campaign.