Ashok Tanwar

The party is facing attrition because it is taking too long to come to terms with its defeat in May national elections, the former external affairs minister told reporters late on Monday.

"In the last few years, there is a conspiracy going on in the party to eliminate leaders groomed by Rahul Gandhi in the last one and a half-decade," Ashok Tanwar said.

In his four-page resignation letter, Tanwar said, “Congress is going through existential crises, not because of its political opponents but because of serious internal contradiction.”

Some senior leaders of Congress including former Maharashtra Minister Harshavardhan Patil and former leader of opposition in state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil have quit the party and joined the BJP.

Congress' former Haryana unit chief Dr Ashok Tanwar on Wednesday said the leadership is giving tickets to the people who recently joined the party and is ignoring other workers, who worked hard for years.

Asserting his ‘nationalist’ credentials, Congress stalwart gave a big thumbs-up to Modi government for scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and differed with his own partymen for finding faults with Center’s J&K move.