Milind Deora eyes Delhi, joins Jyotiraditya Scindia in quitting Congress post

By Manoj CG Zeeshan Shaikh The young vs old battle in the Congress was out in the open on Sunday as two close associates of Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Milind Deora, made public their resignation from their respective party posts ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting. This will mount pressure on the elders to follow suit even as the party is battling turmoil triggered by Rahul Both Deora and Scindia told The Indian Express they had resigned several days ago. In his statement, released in Mumbai, Deora interestingly added that he was looking forward to This comes a day after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh demanded that a While the obvious choices are considered to be Scindia and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Deora, many believe, has now thrown his hat into the ring. Scindia quit as the AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh West and Deora as president of the party However, it is not known whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh East, has expressed her desire to quit or offered her resignation. Ever since Rahul made public his resignation, the party One option being considered is to appoint a veteran leader as the president to be assisted by two or more young working presidents. Deora said his resignation was to show solidarity with Rahul. I still feel after meeting Rahul Gandhi on June 26 that, in the spirit of collective responsibility, I should resign, In that context, he said, he had offered his resignation to Rahul, AICC general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation K C Venugopal. I only hope that the incoming president continues to follow the ideals of the Congress party, which means that we remain multi-lingual, multi-cultural, socio-economically inclusive, and we don The Congress had lost all the five seats in Mumbai in the general elections. A statement issued by Deora I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi. I suggested a panel and am being consulted by leaders to identity names. I look forward to playing a national role to help stabilise the party. Needless to say, I will continue to guide and unite Mumbai Congress. Deora It will ruin the party further, He also took a jibe at Deora, saying while resignation was an act of sacrifice, Is this a resignation or a ladder to climb up to the top? The party should be cautious with such Deora had replaced Nirupam as the Mumbai Congress chief in March. Talking to The Indian Express, Scindia said he had sent in his resignation at least eight to 10 days ago. Scindia is the second AICC general secretary to resign after Deepak Babaria, who was in charge of Madhya Pradesh. On Saturday, Indian Youth Congress president Keshav Chand Yadav had resigned.