Veteran Party Leader Motilal Vora Made Interim Congress President

Rahul Gandhi quits as India opposition leader

Speaking to reporters while leaving the court premises here where he appeared in connection with a defamation case, Gandhi said: "I didn't say anything in the court". Several Congress workers were also seen waving flags outside the court to show their support to Mr. Gandhi. "I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love", Mr Gandhi said in a written message to the party's members and supporters.

A large number of Congress activists led by Deora, former city chief Sanjay Nirupam, Deputy Leader of Congress in the Assembly Naseem Khan and other leaders welcomed Gandhi at the Mumbai Airport on his first visit to the city a day after he quit as party President.

A lot of Congress workers along with political pundits blamed the party's aggressive campaigning against the Modi government.

"Many of my colleagues suggested that I nominate the next Congress President".

In the complainant, Dhrutiman Joshi stated that Rahul Gandhi, within 24-hours of the murder of the journalist, had criticised the RSS and alleged that "anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP, against the ideology of the RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed".

Sacrificing the DesireToday Gandhi firmly put his foot down, saying he is no longer the president of the party in a letter on Twitter.

This is the second petition filed by an RSS activist in Maharashtra against Rahul Gandhi, MP from Wayanad in Kerala.

State Legislative Council Leader Deepak Singh, the state unit's Vice-President RP Tripathi, Media Coordinator Rajiv Bakshi, Joint Media Coordinator Piyush Mishra have resigned from their posts. "I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president".

In subsequent years, he moved up the Congress Party's hierarchy, becoming vice president in 2013. He offered to step down from his post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25, taking moral responsibility for the Congress' abysmal performance in the 17th Lok Sabha Elections.

Under Congress' constitution, the senior-most general secretary of the party would take over as interim president, which now would put Motilal Vora, 90, in the top job.

Rahul Gandhi's mother, Italian-born Sonia, remains party chairperson. "Their resignation is just a show-off". But Gandhi has been reluctant and repeatedly turned down the requests.

Gandhi will remain in politics to help rebuild Congress from the ground up, an aide said, rather than stay on as leader due to his family's political lineage. A small club of self-seekers who reinforce one another and don't face the electorate had taken over the Congress years before Mr. Gandhi came on the scene.

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