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Actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar has reportedly resigned as Uttar Pradesh Congress president. Raj Babbar was appointed on the post in 2016, months before the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
“Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, responsibilities are changing,” Babbar was quoted as saying. His resignation came two days after Congress national president Rahul Gandhi called for the old guard in the party to make way for the young generation to lead.
Raj Babbar today said that he is willing to take up whatever new party position Congress President Rahul Gandhi would offer him, according to media quoted Babbar.
“New arrangements are being worked out in the Congress. Whatever new positions will be given by the party president, we will take them up and work towards 2019,” Raj Babbar said.
Babbar on Tuesday submitted his resignation from the post of the Uttar Pradesh Congress (UPC) chief.
His resignation that was submitted to Rahul Gandhi has still not been accepted and so, he will continue to work as the UPC chief.
On being asked whether his resignation from the post of UP Congress chief comes after pressure over the party’s performance in the recent bypolls held in the state, Babbar said, “Whatever I have to say, I talk it out with my party president.”
Sources said that a Brahmin can be the next chief of the Congress UP unit. Names of Jitin Prasad, Rajesh Mishr and Laliteshpati Tripathi for the post now are doing the rounds.
“There is a possibility that on the lines of Gujarat, Congress’ UP unit will have one president and four vice-presidents. Each VP will have his own zone wherein they will work,” sources added.
After Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Bharat Sinh Solanki and Goa PCC Shantaram Naik, Raj Babbar is third state chief to have resigned in last 36 hours.
These leaders were present even at the Congress Plenary Session.
While Solanki maintained that he was going abroad for some personal visit, Naik made it clear that he put in his papers to make way for young leaders.
It is worth to mention here that at the Congress Plenary Session, Rahul Gandhi had vowed to break the wall between senior leaders and workers with the help of “talented youngsters” and in the process, making a new Congress. “…bring down the wall, not by anger but with love, and by showing respect to veterans,” he had said.
Raj Babbar had earlier offered to resign after the Congress’s disastrous performance in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. “I could not live up to the expectation. I was given responsibility but I could not fulfil it, I accept it,” the senior Congress leader had said.
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