New Delhi: Will Rahul Gandhi tender his resignation from the post of Congress president remained the talk of the town even as the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet convened at the party headquarters in the national capital on Saturday.
The meeting 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.
Meanwhile, hours before the CWC meeting, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam came out in support of Rahul Gandhi, questioning reports claiming that the party president is likely to resign following the debacle in Lok Sabha Elections 2019. ‘Why should he resign’, he asked while asking the party members to stand by their leader and fully support him.
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Blaming the poll debacle on bad luck and standing firmly in support of Gandhi, the party leader from Mumbai asked ‘why should he resign’. Taking to Twitter, Nirupam tweeted, “Under the leadership of Congress President @RahulGandhi we fought this election bravely. He worked very hard undoubtedly. Our bad luck, we lost. Why should he resign? No. He should continue to lead the party. We will fight back under his leadership and come back soon.”
In an earlier tweet, he alleged a conspiracy to malign the image of Rahul Gandhi and asked the party leaders to stand by him fully. “In the so called Modiwave, several parties and leaders have lost badly. No one is asking their presidents to resign. Nor they offered to resign. There is a conspiracy to malign our leader & a well designed plan to target him. It must be stopped & party must stand by him fully.”
The Congress could manage to gather only 52 seats out of the 542 parliamentary constituencies. The voting for Lok Sabha Elections was staggered between April 11 and May 19 in which around 67 per cent of the nearly 900 million eligible people exercised their franchise to elect 542 members from a total of 8,049 contestants.