Gujarat Congress president Siddarth Patel resigns

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress president Siddarth Patel on Saturday tendered his resignation from the post after party's defeat in the state panchayats and municipalities elections.

"I have sent my resignation to the party president Sonia Gandhi," Patel told reporters here.

"There are doubts about the results which are not as per our expectations. But in spite of this, accepting moral responsibility for the results of local body elections I have resigned," Patel said.

He thanked Sonia Gandhi for giving him a chance to lead Congress in Gujarat and said he would continue to work for the party.

Patel's three-year term had ended before three months but due to the elections he was given an extension by the party.

Congress recently lost elections in six municipal corporation of the state.

In the panchayats and municipalities polls, the counting of which was carried out today, the party faced overwhelming defeat at the hand of BJP.