Congress Bihar Election In-charge Shakti Singh Gohil Resigns

Shakti Singh Gohil resigns from his post on Friday (file photo).

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Patna: Congress election in-charge Shakti Singh Gohil became the first casualty of the party debacle in Bihar after he tendered his resignation from the post on Friday in which he assumed full responsibility for the party's humiliating loss in the state.

As reported, out of nine seats it had contested, the party could score victory at only one seat (Kishanganj), which is still one more than all other Grand Alliance parties including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) combined.

Gohil sent the resignation letter to party president Rahul Gandhi who himself was considering resigning from his post following the nationwide drubbing that sent Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA to a second term with an epic margin.

Gandhi, however, was talked out of the idea by other party leaders.

It may be recalled that Gohil was sent to Bihar in January 2018 as the party in-charge for Bihar for the 2019 elections. He was instrumental in strengthening alliance with the RJD making the Congress the second most powerful party in the Grand Alliance. His attempt to wrestle more seats from the RJD, however, failed to work and ended up with only 9 seats.

RJD itself fielded its candidates from 19 constituencies while Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) got five seats. Both HAM and VIP were given three seats each.

Besides the one seat in Kishanganj that the Congress somehow managed to wrestle from Janata Dal – U candidate by a margin of over 30,000 votes, all other Grand Alliance partners failed to win a single seat.

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