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Raj Babbar resigns as UP Congress President

The Bollywood actor, who resigned on Tuesday night, is likely to be given an important post, like of national campaign convenor for the Lok Sabha polls by the party

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Congress President and yesteryear Bollywood actor Raj Babbar has tendered his resignation, amid speculation of some Brahmin leading the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, as party president. The recent development followed Congress’ worst performance in recent Lok Sabha bypolls to Gorakhpur and Phulpur, where their deposits were seized.

Babbar himself confirmed on Wednesday morning that he has resigned. “I have done what the party high command wanted,” he said.

However, sources said Babbar will continue in his office, till a new President is appointed by the party high command.

The Bollywood actor may be given an important post, like of national campaign convenor for the Lok Sabha polls by the party.

The report also quoted sources as saying the party is eyeing a prominent leader from the Brahmin community as Babbar’s replacement. Jitin Prasad, Rajesh Mishra and Laliteshpati Tripathi were to be considered as possible replacements for Raj Babbar’s recent resignation, the report added.

Raj Babbar entered politics by joining Janata Dal in 1989, which was led by VP Singh. He later joined Samajwadi Party and was elected as Member of Parliament of India three times. From 1994 to 1999 he was a member of Rajya Sabha. He was re-elected in the 14th Lok Sabha elections for his second term in 2004. He was suspended from Samajwadi Party in 2006.
Later he joined Indian National Congress in 2008 and was elected for his fourth term as Member of Parliament in 2009, by defeating Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh Yadav and daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he contested from Ghaziabad and lost to General VK Singh. He has been appointed as the president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC), where Congress Party has been on the opposite side for the last couple of decades.

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