Rahul Gandhi Has Not Offered To Resign Yet, Clarifies Congress

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New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has not offered to resign over the party’s national election debacle, the Congress clarified today as its top leaders met for a post-mortem after its 52-seat disaster — only a few more than its historic low of 44 in 2014.

The top leadership of the Congress is meeting to review the party’s dismal showing in the national election after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won over 350 seats in the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls.

Mr Gandhi has taken “100 per cent responsibility” for the defeat. He had centred his election campaign around PM Modi, accusing him of corruption in the Rafale deal, unemployment and weak economy. He also ran “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against PM Modi.

The meeting is being held a day after three state chiefs of the party sent their resignations to their boss who himself could not keep his traditional seat Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress Working Committee includes general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states – Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.