Reacting to her brother's decision to step down as the Party's President, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday tweeted in support saying:
"Few have the courage that you do, @rahulgandhi. Deepest respect for your decision"
Rahul officially resigned from the post as the Congress chief after almost two years when he had taken up the responsibility in 2017. He said that accountability was "critical for the future growth" of the party. "It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress President," he said in his resignation letter.
He also added that his successor will be chosen by the Congress Working Committee (CWC)and not him.
According to party sources, the constitution of the Congress directs the senior-most general secretary to take charge as the president in-charge until the Congress Working Committee (CWC) appoints an interim president.
Taking responsibility for the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul resigned as Congress president at a CWC meeting on 25th May, two days after the results were declared. The party had won 52 seats in the Lok Sabha election.
However, the CWC had rejected his resignation and authorised him to initiate changes in the party in order to revamp and restructure it at all levels. Congress leaders at various levels had urged Rahul to take back his resignation but he had not been willing to take back his decision.