The Congress party clarified that Rahul Gandhi didn't offer to resign as party president at the Congress Working Committee meeting in Delhi. The Congress under Rahul's leadership won just 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, the Congress had won 44 seats.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday afternoon rubbished media reports claiming that Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as party president at the CWC meeting and the same was turned down by the top leaders at the meet.
“Reports of Congress President offering his resignation are incorrect. CWC meeting going on,” Surjewala told news agency ANI.
Earlier, ANI reported that Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as Congress president, owning moral responsibility of the party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections. However, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) which is meeting today to review the party’s drubbing in the general elections, rejected his resignation offer. TV reports even said that top Congress leaders including his mother Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh successfully persuaded him not to resign and continue as the chief of the party.
The meeting of the Congress Working Committee(CWC) meeting, the highest decision making body of the grand old party, is currently underway in Delhi. The meeting is being chaired by Rahul.
Besides Sonia and Manmohan, Chief Ministers of party-ruled states (Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel) and other top leaders from across the country including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, P Chidambaram was, AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dikshit, Mallikarjun kharge, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia are present in the meeting. The CWC is meeting today to review the Lok Sabha polls drubbing. The meeting will go into the reasons behind the party’s defeat and discuss why as to its poll narrative failed to convince the people to vote in its favour.
The Congress party won just 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, eight more than its 2014 tally of 44. The grand old party could not open its account in 18 states.