The resignation of Harish Rawat from AICC and spate of resignations of Congressmen all over the country has put pressure on Pritam Singh to resign
Amid spree of resignations of Congress leaders from their positions across the country, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Pritam Singh has said that he would continue on the post until he receives instructions from the party high command.
Singh is under pressure from his detractors within the party to take the moral responsibility for the crushing defeat the party received in the Lok Sabha polls and resign from the post of PCC President. The resignation of former chief minister Harish Rawat from the post of general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and spate of resignations of Congressmen all over the country after Congress President Rahul Gandhi resigned from his position has put pressure on Pritam Singh to resign. Former Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal who is one of the most vocal supporter of Harish Rawat, has openly stated that Singh should tender his resignation.
On Monday when asked by the media persons at Congress headquarters in Dehradun, Pritam Singh clearly stated that he has no intention of stepping down. He said that he was appointed by the high command so he would step down only when on the directive from top.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pritam Singh was appointed as PCC chief in May 2017 after the severe drubbing the party faced at the hands of BJP in the assembly elections in the state. In these two years, Singh was able to rejuvenate the party and in the elections of urban local bodies held last year, the congress party performed reasonably well but this achievement of his was offset in the recent Lok Sabha elections where BJP candidates swept to victories in all the five parliamentary seats.
To make things gloomy for the Congress party and its leaders is the fact that BJP candidates secured a staggering 61 percent of the popular vote in the Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand while Congress candidates lagged far behind in all the five seats as they were able to secure only 31.40 percent of the votes.
It is interesting to note that in last two years Pritam Singh was not able to select his new team in the PCC. He has continued to work with the old PCC team that was chosen during the time when Kishore Upadhyaya was PCC President.
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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