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Day after stunning defeat, 3 resignations land up on Rahul Gandhi’s desk

Three senior Congress leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka have sent in their resignation to party boss Rahul Gandhi owning responsibility for the party’s poor show in the national elections.

Uttar Pradesh chief Raj Babbar was the latest resignation to be sent on Friday after the Congress won only the Rae Bareli constituency of Sonia Gandhi in the state that sends 80 lawmakers to parliament. Babbar, who contested from Fatehpur Sikri, also lost by a margin of nearly 5 lakh votes to the BJP candidate.

Babbar has called the results “depressing” for the Uttar Pradesh Congress. “I find myself guilty of not discharging my responsibility in a proper manner,” he tweeted. Later, the party’s Amethi district president Yogendra Misra also put in his papers.

HK Patil, who was tasked to oversee the Karnataka Congress campaign in December, has also quit, according to news agency ANI.

Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik had earlier resigned from his post after the Congress won just 9 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat. Patnaik had lost the 2 assembly seats he contested; his son also lost a Lok Sabha seat.

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