Rahul rejects Rajasekharan’s resignation - The New Indian Express

Rahul rejects Rajasekharan’s resignation

Published: 12th August 2013 09:31 AM

Last Updated: 12th August 2013 09:31 AM

Former Union minister M V Rajasekharan tendered his resignation as a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) ‘to make way for younger leaders’. But party sources said that All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vice-President Rahul Gandhi rejected the octogenarian’s resignation.

Gandhi appealed to Rajasekharan to guide the Congress as the party cannot afford to lose the ‘texture of experience’.

While appreciating the intention of the former minister to make way for youngsters, Gandhi is said to have underlined the need of senior party leaders like the veteran Gandhian.

Rajasekharan, however, refused to divulge the details on what led him to tender his resignation.

He said, “Rahul rejected my resignation with a request to  continue in the body. I resigned from the post with an intention to make way for the youngsters.”

The veteran Congress leader created ripples in the state Congress when he wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi highlighting the need to constitute a coordination committee in the state to guide Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in making policy-related decisions.

Taking a note of Rajasekharan’s advice, the party high command decided to constitute a five-member co-ordination committee headed by AICC general secretary and party in-charge for Karnataka, Digvijay Singh to coordinate with the Siddaramaiah government. The committee, however, is yet to be announced by the party high command as Siddaramaiah was not keen on the matter.

The idea to formulate the committee gathered steam within the state Congress as Siddaramaiah took several important  decisions, including distribution of rice at one rupee per kg to BPL families immediately after he took charge as the chief minister on May 13. Siddaramaiah, while defending his action, said all those decisions were part of the Congress’ election manifesto.

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