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West Bengal Congress President Calls It Quits; Poor Poll Performance Prompts Another Resignation

The Congress only managed to secure two of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, down from the four it had won in the 2014 elections.

West Bengal Congress President Calls It Quits; Poor Poll Performance Prompts Another Resignation
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West Bengal Congress President Calls It Quits; Poor Poll Performance Prompts Another Resignation
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2019-07-09T14:26:09+05:30

Even as the Congress Party is struggling to keep itself intact, sources have confirmed on Tuesday, that West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra has submitted a letter of resignation, taking responsibility for the party's poor performance in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha Elections.

The Congress only managed to secure two of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, down from the four it had won in the 2014 elections. 

However, Gaurav Gogoi, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of party affairs in the state, has reportedly refused to accept Mitra's resignation and requested him to continue in the post, the sources said.

The Congress Party finds itself rudderless after Rahul Gandhi, formally resigned as the Congress president last week, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha elections debacle. 

The party is also struggling for breath in Karnataka, the only southern state that the Congress party has managed to retain, albeit in a coalition, after as many as 14 MLA have submitted their resignations, leaving the space open for the opposition BJP to form the government. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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