UP Congress president Raj Babbar resigns

NEW DELHI March 21, 2018: Uttar Pradesh state unit chief Raj Babbar has resigned from his post, media reports said on Wednesday. Union Minister Jitin Prasada is likely to replace him, said the reports.

The actor-turned-politician was appointed the chief of Uttar Pradesh Congress in July 2016 and it was under his leadership that the party received a major jolt first in the 2017 assembly polls and recently in the Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypolls.

In the assembly polls, the Congress managed to win just 7 of the 403 seats while in the bypolls, both of its candidates lost their deposits.

However, reports said Babbar’s resignation has not been accepted by the party yet.

Talking to the media, Babbar said new arrangements were being worked out in the Congress and whatever new role that he would be given by the party chief, he would take them up and work for 2019 general elections.

“Whatever I have to say, I said it to my party president,” he said, adding that there was no pressure on him to quit over party’s performance in recent UP bypolls.