As uncertainty seems to loom over the political future of the Congress, the party has decided it will not be sending any representatives for television debates for a month.
Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress communications in-charge, took to Twitter to announce the decision. He wrote, “Congress has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month.”
He also requested media channels to not invite any party spokespersons for debates. “All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows,” Randeep Singh Surjewala wrote on Twitter.
The announcement comes as the Congress is dealing with a drubbing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. With the party restricted to 52 seats in the lower house, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the party’s high command both internally and externally.
The Congress has sunk into a leadership crisis as party president Rahul Gandhi remains adamant on quitting his post.
However, the leadership crisis in the Congress seems to have been temporarily waded off as Rahul Gandhi has been persuaded to maintain the status quo at least for the time being.
Sources told India Today TV that Rahul Gandhi is likely to continue as the Congress president for the next three to four months.
This time limit has been set as Rahul Gandhi is adamant about resigning and has stuck to the decision being “non-negotiable”.
The compromise formula was worked upon as Congress leaders persuaded Rahul Gandhi not to take any decision that will throw the party into a state of disarray.
Rahul Gandhi will bring about the changes and restructure the Congress party until an alternate leader is finalised.
Many state Congress units on Wednesday urged Rahul Gandhi to continue as party chief.
In Telangana, Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Bollu Kishan announced he would begin an indefinite fast on Thursday requesting Rahul Gandhi to withdraw his resignation decision.
In Karnataka, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) passed a resolution to this effect.
Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit Wednesday urged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take back his decision to quit, even as scores of party workers and leaders of the city unit gathered outside his residence in a show of support.
Sheila Dikshit visited Gandhi’s Tughlak Lane residence here. After coming out, she remained silent on whether she was able to meet the Gandhi scion.
Meanwhile, the Congress has convened a meeting of opposition parties in Parliament on May 31 to discuss the possible reasons for their defeat, sources said on Wednesday.
The opposition parties may also discuss their strategy for the Parliament session which is likely to begin from June 6.