Owning up moral responsibility for the party's worst-ever poll debacle in Bihar, Congress state unit chief Mehboob Ali Kaiser has decided to resign on Friday.
Kaiser, who was made Bihar Congress president just before the polls, said on Thursday: "As head of the party, I own up moral responsibility for the party's defeat and have decided to quit. I have sought an appointment with the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) tomorrow (Friday). I will submit my resignation to her but I will continue to work for strengthening the party," he said.
Kaiser contested from his home turf, Simri-Bakhtiarpur, and lost by a margin of nearly 18,000 votes to a JD-U candidate. Of the 243 seats it contested, the Congress could win only four, five fewer than in October 2005.