Former chief minister of Assam and Congress Working Committee member Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said that Rahul Gandhi is adamant on resigning from the president post and wants his party to look someone from outside the Gandhi family to replace him.
"Rahul Gandhi has made it very clear that he will continue to work for the party and he will continue to strengthen the president, and the president will be in a better position to devote more time to the organisation," Gogoi said.
Rahul has made it clear that the party president should be outside the Gandhi family, said Gogoi. “Since it is not acceptable to him, we cannot think of Priyanka or others. He has made it very clear that it should be outside the Gandhi family,” he added.
The chorus of voices urging Rahul Gandhi not to quit as Congress president grows louder with leaders of the party and also allies DMK and the RJD saying that he remains the "best and competent" person to pull the party out of the crisis after the Lok Sabha poll debacle.
Adding to the voices in the opposition UPA against Gandhi's offer to resign, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth said the Congress chief should stay on as he was a "youngster" and perhaps not got the cooperation of senior party leaders.
DMK chief M K Stalin appealed to Gandhi not to step down, saying he has won the hearts of the people though his party lost the elections while RJD supremo Lalu Prasad termed the offer to quit as "suicidal", asserting it would amount to "falling into the BJP's trap". Stalin spoke to Gandhi over the phone and "appealed to him to give up the idea of resigning as party president", a DMK statement said in Chennai.