Lok Sabha poll debacle: Rahul may offer to resign at Congress meet on Saturday

The top Congress leadership will deliberate on the reasons of the humiliating loss in Lok Sabha elections and assess them.

Published: 24th May 2019 12:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2019 08:47 AM   |  A+A-

Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a press conference in Delhi. (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi could tender his resignation to the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body, on Saturday when it meets to discuss the grand old party’s appalling performance in the Lok Sabha elections.

Murmurs have already begun over the need for a thorough introspection and fixing of accountability. The top party leadership on Friday went into a huddle with senior leaders Motilal Vora, Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal, Oommen Chandy and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.   

Topping the CWC’s agenda would be the challenge to keep the party’s flock together in states like Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, where efforts are on to destabilise its governments.

The party is also likely to discuss the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. In the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress drew a blank in Haryana and won one seat each in Maharashtra and Jharkhand. 

There were reports that Rahul had offered to quit on Thursday but was stopped by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. However, the party later denied it. 

“It is between me and the CWC,” Rahul said at a press conference the same day.     

Heads have already started rolling after the party won 52 seats, just eight more than 2014, with UP in-charge Raj Babbar quitting.

Karnataka campaign committee chief H K Patil, Odisha party chief Niranjan Patnaik and Amethi district Congress president Yogendra Misra, too, have resigned.

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