New Delhi: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Saturday rejected the reports of Rahul Gandhi offering to resign as Congress president at the CWC meeting and termed them ‘incorrect’.
Earlier, sources close to Zee News had claimed that Rahul Gandhi offered to resign at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet which convened at the party headquarters in the national capital on Saturday. Meanwhile, news agency ANI stated that his resignation has been rejected by the CWC. “Congress President Rahul Gandhi offers his resignation at CWC, but it has not been accepted by the Committee,” it tweeted quoting sources.
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The CWC meeting, chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is being attended by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi, Sheila Dikshit, RPN Singh, PL Punia, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Captain Amarinder Singh, P Chidambaram and Siddaramaiah, among others.
The meeting is being held to mull over Congress’s next course of action in view of the drubbing it has been handed by the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) in the general elections 2019.
Earlier on May 23, as the results started to tilt in the favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reports emerged that Rahul Gandhi tendered his resignation which was shot down by Sonia Gandhi. However, the news was termed as a rumour by party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala after a while.
Meanwhile, addressing a brief press meet following the poll debacle, the Congress chief, who was questioned whether he would resign, had said, “We will have a meeting of the Working Committee. That you can leave between me and the Working Committee.”
Indicating that the road for the party is long and tough, he had asked the party workers and leaders not to lose heart. “It is a battle of ideology. There are two ways of thought, one is of Narendra Modi and BJP and the other of Congress. But we have to accept that in this election, we have to accept that Modi ji and BJP have won,” Gandhi said at the brief press meet following the poll debacle.
Not going deep into the reasons for the party’s humiliating defeat, the Congress president said, “Today is the day of the mandate and I don’t want to colour the decision of the people of India by getting into a long conversation with you about what I think went wrong. Today it doesn’t matter what I think went wrong. People of India have decided that Narendra Modi is going to be Prime Minister and as an Indian, I fully respect people’s verdict”.
Though the Congress improved on its 2014 tally of 44, it could win just 52 Lok Sabha seats this year.