Raj Babbar has not resigned as party's UP chief: Congress

UP Congress Chief Raj Babbar farmer protest

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Three days ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls, UP Congress Chief Raj Babbar has resigned from his post yesterday late evening a day after Congress Chief Rahul publicly said it is time that veterans step aside from their posts and let young leaders lead the party.

Gandhi's speech stressed on infusing young blood into the grand old party, which had also resulted in Shantaram Naik resigning as the Goa Congress chief Monday. Instead, they want to remain in the role of star campaigners so that they can go to the whole country to campaign in favour of the party. According to reports, Jitin Prasad, Rajesh Mishra and Laliteshpati Tripathi are in contention for the post of UP Congress Chief.

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Following the verdict, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said the party was keen on rebuilding itself in Uttar Pradesh, but said it can't happen overnight.

According to party sources, the Congress has made a decision to bet on a Brahmin leader on the post of president. "I was given responsibility but I could not fulfil it, I accept it", the senior Congress leader had said. Every vice president has to take care of his work area.

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The resignation of Raj Babbar came in the wake of defeat of Congress party in the recent bypolls held in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

While Solanki maintained that he was going overseas for some personal visit, Naik made it clear that he put in his papers to make way for young leaders. Babbar was not available yet for comment, but his puzzling tweet, citing noted poet Kedarnath Singh acted as a giveaway about his move.

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