New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after accusing Rahul Gandhi of ‘walking away’, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that despite ‘pain and concern’ he will not leave the party.   

“I have very deep pain and concern about where we are today as a party. No matter what happens we won't leave the party, we aren't like those who got everything from the party and when the chips were down, things were difficult they left the party and walked away,” news agency ANI quoted Salman Khurshid as saying.

The 66-year old further said that the party needs to find out why they are in the position. He also said that he wanted Rahul Gandhi to continue as the President of the party and said that the Congress would have understood better the causes of the defeat.    

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“We need to know why we are in the state in which we are. Unfortunately despite our earnest pleading, Rahul Gandhi decided to step down and resign from the president post. We wanted him to continue but it was his decision and we respect it,” he said.

“This is perhaps the only time in history that a major defeat has not caused the party to lose confidence in their leader. If he had stayed and was around, we would've understood better the causes of our defeat and be better prepared to fight the battles in coming times,” he added.

Khurshid on Tuesday said that the departure of Rahul Gandhi as the party’s president after the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections has left everyone in a lurch.

“We haven’t really got together to analyse why we got defeated. Our biggest problem is our leader has walked away,” he told Associated Press.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra took a jibe at the Congress over Khurshid’s remark and said that the grand old party has finally accepted that Sonia Gandhi is just a ‘stop-gap’ arrangement.

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“So finally Congress concedes defeat even before the polling in the upcoming Assembly elections! Khurshid agrees Rahul Gandhi has just ‘Walked Away’ and Sonia Gandhi is just a ‘Stop-Gap’ arrangement ...meaning Congress is left with no leader,” he said in a tweet.

The Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections got a drubbing at the hands of the BJP and could win just 52 seats. Soon after the elections, Rahul announced his decision to quit as the President of the party after which his mother Sonia Gandhi took over the position.

The next big challenge for it will be the polls in Maharashtra and Haryana where many senior leaders have publicly revolted against the party. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma