Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign rejected at Congress Working Committee meeting; party leaders ask him to continue

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from his post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday, but his proposal was rejected unanimously by the CWC members who asked him to continue amid challenging conditions.

At the meeting, Rahul Gandhi said I am party president, I have an accountability for the loss and insisted that he step down

Addressing a press conference after the CWC meet at the party headquarters here, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “Rahul Gandhi offered to resign during the CWC meeting but the members of the committee in unison asked him to lead the party in the challenging conditions.”

The Congress chief has fought for the cause of the poor, the downtrodden, the farmers and the youth, Surjewala added.

During the high-level meeting that went for over three hours, the Congress president kept insisting that he should resign as party president, but it was unanimously rejected, sources say.

Congress leaders praised him and gave him authority to reorganise the party, they added.

The top leadership of the Congress met to review the party’s dismal showing in the national election.

Senior leaders Randeep Surjewala, AK Antony and Ghulam Nabi Azad addressed the media after the CWC meet.

AK Antony said Congress’ election outcome was not a disastrous performance, but it was not as per expectation

Ghulam Nabi Azad said Congress president Rahul Gandhi was thanked at the meeting for his extensive campaign across the country. He led the party well, leadership is not always clear on television. He effectively raised the shortcomings of the government, win-loss are part of democracy.