Congress: Rahul Gandhi not Quitting as President

Rahul Gandhi

Amid speculation that Rahul Gandhi is insisting on resigning as the president of the Congress in the wake of the losses suffered in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, the party nearly confirmed that no such thing was going to happen.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala advised the people, including the media, not to speculate on the May 25 Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet at which Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as the party chief, taking responsibility for the General Election setback. CWC members had refused to accept the resignation. However, it has been reported that Rahul is adamant on stepping down and wants the party to find his replacement.

Surjewala said the sanctity of the closed-door meet should be respected, adding speculations and gossips regarding the same are unwarranted.

“CWC is a democratic forum to exchange ideas & take corrective action. Congress expects everyone including the media to respect the sanctity of a closed-door meet. Various conjectures, speculations, insinuations, gossip & rumour mongering in a section of media is unwarranted,” the Congress spokesperson tweeted.

“The Congress Working Committee is the highest decision-making body of the Indian National Congress. It is a democratic forum to exchange ideas, formulate policies and take corrective action. In this realm and context, members of the CWC expressed their views in the meeting dated 25th May 2019. The CWC looked at the reverses in the Lok Sabha elections as an opportunity for radical changes and a complete organizational overhaul, for which it authorized the Congress President, Shri Rahul Gandhi.

“The Congress party expects everyone including the media to respect the sanctity of a closed door meeting of the CWC. Various conjectures, speculations, insinuations, assumptions, gossip and rumour mongering in a section of the media is uncalled for and unwarranted.

“CWC held a collective deliberation on the performance of the party, the challenges before it as also the way ahead, instead of casting aspersions on the role or conduct of any specific individual. The gist of the deliberations was made public in the CWC resolution of May 25, 2019.

“We would request everyone, including the media, to not fall into the trap of conjectures or speculations and await the calibrated efforts by the Congress party towards future course of action,” the statement, issued in the name of Surjewala, said.

At the meeting, the CWC authorised Rahul to undertake a complete overhaul of the party structure at every level.

Ever since the humiliating loss in Lok Sabha elections, in which the Congress party won just 52 seats, resignations have been coming in from various state leaders. Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar sent in his resignation to the party chief.

Dr Ajoy Kumar offered to resign as president of Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC).

The state unit presidents of the Congress in Odisha, Assam and Madhya Pradesh have also submitted their resignations following the party’s humiliating losses in the respective states.

The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies

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