GUWAHATI, May 17 � Conceding that a sense of overconfidence and complacency in the party ranks contributed towards Congress� poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said he would submit his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi within a week.
�But, I am not going to quit politics. I would instead continue to work to bail the party out from the current situation,� Gogoi told mediapersons at the Rajiv Bhawan here this afternoon. �I would offer my resignation owning moral responsibility for the party�s poor performance in the State,� he said categorically.
The State�s longest serving Chief Minister also admitted that they failed to read the pulse of the voters during this election, especially the young ones.
�I, with all humility, accept the verdict of the people. But at the same time, I would also like to say that our party is not demoralized and will bounce back,� he added.
Gogoi, while congratulating Narendra Modi, said that the newly-appointed Prime Minister would have to keep the promises he made to the people of Assam during pre-poll campaign. �Hope, Assam would get welfare schemes to do away with the problem of price rise and unemployment,� said the Chief Minister and added: �The onus will now be on the BJP MPs to deliver the goods for the people�.
Admitting that things did not turn out to his expectations, Gogoi said, �In today�s age, it is important to have marketing skills and I am not good at that. Moreover, this time there was a communication gap between us and the voters in general.�
He informed that the party will make a thorough assessment of the results to see as to what went wrong and how gaps could be narrowed.
Gogoi, however, continues to bank on the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, stating that there was no alternative to their leadership.