Rahul Gandhi Was, Is and Will Remain Congress President, Says Randeep Surjewala
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala | File image | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, Jun 12: Rahul Gandhi was, is, and will remain the Congress president, party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Wednesday, after days of uncertainty over Gandhi's offer to quit the post. Surjewala made the remarks after senior Congress leaders met here informally under the guidance of A K Antony and discussed the party's strategy and preparation for the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. Deadlock over Rahul's Resignation Continues, So Does Uncertainty over Leadership.

Gandhi had offered to quit as party chief during a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on May 25 which was called to analyse the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls, in which it managed to win just 52 seats. The CWC had unanimously rejected his offer to quit but Gandhi was apparently firm on his stand.

"Rahul ji was, is and will remain the Congress president. We have no doubt about it," Surjewala told reporters when asked about the situation arising out of Gandhi's offer to resign.

Senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, KC Venugopal, Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh and Anand Sharma were present in the meeting. Rahul Gandhi’s Home on Lok Sabha List of Vacant MP Bungalows.

All the leaders present in Wednesday's meeting were members of the core group formed for the Lok Sabha polls. However, Surjewala clarified that contrary to speculation in the media there was no core group now as all election-related committees ceased to exist.