The Congress president Rahul Gandhi has offered his resignation to the Congress Working Committee taking full responsibility for the party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, media reports said.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) rejected party president Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign on moral grounds following the party’s dismal performance in Lok Sabha elections 2019. The meeting was chaired by Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and was attended by senior leaders of the party including Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and others. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi was also present.
Rahul Gandhi-led Congress managed 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The party was a washout in 17 states and union territories. Gandhi lost the family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh to Union minister Smriti Irani—although he did score a win in Wayanad, Kerala.
Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies won a spectacular mandate in Lok Sabha elections 2019. Out of 543 seats, Narendra Modi-led party won over 303 seats.
Rahul Gandhi led a fierce campaign against Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for several months, however, it failed to reap any benefits for the Congress.
Rahul Gandhi even lost his pocket borough, the Amethi seat, to Smriti Irani. The seat was held by the Gandhis for several decades before he lost it in the 2019 elections.
Several Congress stalwarts and former chief ministers faced a drubbing at the hands of BJP leaders, some of them rookie contestants.
Immediately after the results became clear on Thursday evening, several Congress leaders expressed dissatisfaction over Rahul Gandhi’s campaign and cast their doubts, triggering rumours of his resignation.
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 but nothing could save Congress.
The ripple effect of the Congress’ crushing defeat could be seen as various State leaders announced their resignations on 24 May 2019.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Raj Babbar, Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik and Karnataka Congress campaign Committee head H.K. Patil had all put in their papers on the eve of the CWC.
The near wipe out of the Congress in the Hindi heartland States of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan that it had won just five months ago would also be under scrutiny of the CWC.
The results clearly indicate that the State governments failed to make any impact with the voters as the Congress scored nil in Rajasthan, retained only Chhindwara in MP and two seats in Chhattisgarh.
The BJP came back with a thumping majority in the elections that concluded on Thursday. While the Union Cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi resigned on Friday in order to form a new government in the days to come, the Congress party is struggling to match a tally that could give them the post of the Leader of Opposition (LOP).
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