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Inspired by Rahul’s speech, 71-yr-old Goa Congress chief decides to resign for a ‘young, committed leader’

In his speech at the Congress’ 84th plenary session, Rahul Gandhi vowed to break the wall between senior leaders and workers to build a new Congress with “talented youngsters’.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2018 08:33 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rahul Gandhi,Congress,Goa COngress president
Shantaram Naik, who will turn 72 on April 12, had replaced Luizinho Falerio as the Goa Congress chief on July 7 last year. (HT File Photo)

Inspired by Rahul Gandhi’s speech at the party’s 84th plenary session on Sunday, Goa Congress president Shantaram Naik has decided to resign from the post to make way for a “young and committed” leader for the organisation in the state.

Naik, who will turn 72 on April 12, had replaced Luizinho Falerio as the Goa Congress chief on July 7 last year. “I have decided to resign. I am inspired by Rahul Gandhi’s speech. In fact, I was so inspired that I wanted to resign then and there, but thought it will not be proper to do so in such an atmosphere,” Naik said.

In his concluding speech on Sunday, Gandhi vowed to break the wall between senior leaders and workers to build a new Congress with “talented youngsters’.

“Rahul Gandhi showed the empty stage and wished to fill that stage with younger generation. That inspired me,” Naik said, adding that he will write to Gandhi on Wednesday.

Though Naik has become the first senior leader ready to put in his papers after the plenary session, there was speculation that the party’s Gujarat chief, Bharatsinh Solanki, would also resign.

However, a senior Congress leader from Gujarat familiar with the developments said Solanki had offered his resignation immediately after the defeat in the assembly elections last year.

The leader said Solanki’s stance was in keeping with Congress’ tradition where a state unit chief offers to quit in the wake of party’s defeat in assembly polls.

First Published: Mar 20, 2018 08:33 IST