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Congress denies reports of Rahul Gandhi offering resignation

New Delhi: Minutes after reports of Congress President Rahul Gandhi offering his resignation flashed across the media on Saturday, even as the Congress Working Committee meeting was in progress, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala clarified that there was no truth in the matter, and it was incorrect.

Sending out a message to the media waiting outside the party headquarters at 24, Akbar Road, Surjewala clarified the reports of Gandhi offering to quit are incorrect.

Earlier reports said that the Congress President offered to resign from the post owning moral responsibility of the party’s loss in 2019 general elections as soon as the party’s top decision-making body met.

Top Congress leaders from across the country got together in New Delhi on Saturday to review the party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls. The CWC meeting, chaired by Rahul Gandhi, is being attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Uttar Pradesh (East) in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and chief ministers of four party-ruled states—Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh—and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The meeting will go into the reasons behind the party’s debacle and discus as to why its poll narrative failed to convince the people.

Senior leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram was also present in the meeting alongside his party colleagues including AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dikshit, Mallikarjun kharge, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also attended the meeting along with their Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel.

Though the party improved on its 2014 tally of 44, it could win just 52 Lok Sabha seats this year. The party could not open its account in 18 states and Union Territories.

Murmurs are already appearing within the party over taking responsibility for its poor performance, with some of its leaders already sending in their resignations.

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik have announced their resignations from the post.

Top Congress leaders from across the country got together in New Delhi on Saturday to review the party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls. The CWC meeting, chaired by Rahul Gandhi, is being attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Uttar Pradesh (East) in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and chief ministers of four party-ruled states—Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh—and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The meeting will go into the reasons behind the party’s debacle and discus as to why its poll narrative failed to convince the people.

Senior leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram was also present in the meeting alongside his party colleagues including AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dikshit, Mallikarjun kharge, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also attended the meeting along with their Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel.

Though the party improved on its 2014 tally of 44, it could win just 52 Lok Sabha seats this year. The party could not open its account in 18 states and Union Territories.

Murmurs are already appearing within the party over taking responsibility for its poor performance, with some of its leaders already sending in their resignations.

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik have announced their resignations from the post.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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