New Delhi, May 25: Congress' communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala has refuted the reports of party president Rahul Gandhi "offering to resign" from his post. Surjewala said no such proposal has been put forth yet by Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, which was still underway by the time this report was published.
"Reports of Congress president offering his resignation are incorrect. CWC meeting going on," Surjewala said, shortly after reports claimed that the Gandhi scion has taken absolute responsibility of Lok Sabha elections rout and tabled his resignation before the CWC. Gandhi Offers To Resign as Congress President at CWC Meeting; Committee Refuses to Accept: Reports
The Working Committee, however, reportedly turned down his resignation offer and urged him to continue to lead the party in such testing times. Among those who appealed Gandhi to retract his decision to quit, included former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
'CWC Turns Down Resignation Proposal'
Sources: Congress President Rahul Gandhi offers his resignation at CWC, but it has not been accepted by the Committee. pic.twitter.com/Imw1m4ypbQ
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For the Congress, the general elections 2019 ended on humiliating note, as the party drew a blank in 18 states of India, managed to win only 1 seat each in the Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
For Gandhi, the defeat was even more reckoning as he was eroded from his home constituency and family bastion of Amethi. The seat was lost by the Congress after a gap of 39 years. BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani ended up defeating him.