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NEW DELHI:According to party sources senior-most leader AK Antony  has turned down an offer to be the Congress Chief , a post which Rahul Gandhi is firm on quitting in wake of the Lok Sabha electoral debacle.

Antony, a former Defence Minister and a trusted man for the Gandhi family, cited health issues as a reason for not taking up the job.

Senior Leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who have been tasked to look for a face outside the Gandhi family to lead the party, had asked Antony to take up the job

The sources said Antony informed Patel and Azad that he has full respect for the Gandhi family but could not accept the post.

 

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