Rahul Gandhi, who resigned as the Congress chief in the wake of crushing defeat in Lok Sabha polls, has refused to reconsider his decision and take back his resignation even after having been beseeched by the Congress rank and file. "May he be blessed with good health and a long life", he said in a tweet.
He earlier met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence and later arrived at around 10 am at the Congress headquarters where party leaders and workers gathered in large numbers to wish him.
Wishing Congress president a Happy Birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday took to Twitter and wished good health and a long life to Rahul Gandhi.
Gandhi has been maintaining that there has been corruption in the Rafale deal and that there should be a thorough probe into the deal.
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He has reportedly asked the party top leadership to withdraw the support to the coalition government led by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy. "I'm overwhelmed & grateful for your love & affection".
"The only person he listened to was Priyanka (Gandhi Vadra), who told him to put his decision on hold for the time being, and at least tide out a month", a senior Congress leader told ThePrint on condition of anonymity.
The party chief, who was in a joyous mood, shared some light moments with the workers and mediapersons.
In order to negate the criticism of Congress being the dynastic party, he wants a non-Gandhi to become the party president. The Congress Working Committee had rejected his offer, but Gandhi has remained adamant about quitting.