Rahul Gandhi's decision to step down as the Congress chief came on May 25 at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting by taking full responsibility for the party's poor show in the recent Lok Sabha election
New Delhi: With Rahul Gandhi unrelenting on his decision to quit as Congress president, a local party worker on Tuesday (July 2) created a flutter outside the party headquarters on Akbar Road in Delhi when he tried to climb a tree in an attempt to commit suicide.
However, he was stopped by other Congress leaders and workers present in the area.
According to reports, Hanif Khan, a local leader, climbed the tree to "commit suicide by hanging" if Rahul did not take back his decision to resign as party chief.
"Rahul Gandhi should take back his resignation else I will hang myself," he told the media before making his attempt.
The incident comes in the wake of a spate of resignations by several Congress leaders at different levels, urging Rahul not to resign. Some Congress workers also made a sit-in protest to show support to the party chief.
Reports stated that Rahul had told chief ministers of party-ruled states that he was not going back on his decision, even as they urged him to reconsider and hoped he would take the "right decision" and act positively on their pleas.
Party leaders, including AICC secretaries Mahender Joshi, Naseeb Singh and other leaders including Delhi working president Rajesh Lilothia, Shobha Oza, Jagdish Tytler along with party activists held a sit-in protest, seeking Rahul continue as party chief.
However, Rahul offered to step down as party chief on May 25 at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting by taking full responsibility for the party's poor show in the recent Lok Sabha election.
The CWC, the highest decision-making body of the Congress, has rejected his resignation and authorised him to revamp and restructure the party at all levels.
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