While public attention was riveted on the struggle in princely India, another struggle was going on behind the scenes in the Congress between its president and the High Command. Bose had been elected in a fairly close contest at the close of January, but pressures were building up at the highest levels of the party to oust him. Gandhi said he was "decidedly against his re-election" but was glad he had won because it showed that the Congress delegates who had voted for Bose did not approve of the principles and policy for which Gandhi stood. He interpreted Bose's victory as his defeat. Ultimately, Bose resigned.