New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee, which includes general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states – Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh is meeting currently.
The top leadership is discussing to analyse the party dismal showing in the Lok Sabha elections after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won over 350 seats in the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls.
The meeting is being held a day after three state chiefs of the party sent their resignations to their boss who himself could not keep his traditional seat Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to offer his resignation accepting moral resonsibility for the debacle.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has taken “100 per cent responsibility” for the defeat. Gandhi had centred his election campaign around PM Modi, accusing him of corruption in the Rafale deal, unemployment and weak economy. He also ran “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against PM Modi.
Though there was no official word on the agenda for the meeting, sources said Gandhi’s offer may not be accepted and the party may reaffirm its faith to work under his leadership.
Gandhi apparently wants to send a signal that he was also accountable for the party’s performance which was not any better than the 2014 results.
Rumours of Rahul’s resignation are baseless: Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to address rumours of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s resignation after the party’s abysmal defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
“After the 2019 mandate, rumours of Congress president’s resignation are baseless and irrelevant. We shall never forget that it was because of Rahul Gandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put a strong challenge to NDA government,” he said.
Praising Gandhi’s leadership, Gehlot said that the grand old party is sure to bounce back soon. “We fought hard for a cause. Under Rahul Gandhi’s exemplary leadership, we will bounce back and will continue to serve the nation,” he said.