New Delhi, May 25: The Congress Working Committee(CWC) meeting held at party office on Saturday to review its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
Addersing a press conference along with Former Union Minister AK Antony and other Senior party leaders, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala party president Rahul Gandhi had offered to resign from his post, but the panel unanimously rejected the offer and passed a resolution allowing him to restructure the party.
“CWC has given Congress President the right to makes changes to restructure the party, a plan for this will be brought soon”.
Surjewala thanked all the allies and said the Congress has lost the battle but fight against divisive forces will continue.
“I don’t agree that it was a disastrous performance, but we were not able to rise up to the expectations. Party will discuss this in details…Today we had only general discussions”, Stated Antony.
Congress leader KC Venugopal told media “CWC also noted that India faces a number of challenges as the new government takes over. The issue of surging oil prices, unchecked NPAs, looming job crisis and agrarian crisis continue”.
“Congress party will continue to play a constructive role to resolve these issues”.
Meanwhile, Ghulam Nabi Azad praised Rahul Gandhi saying only he can lead opposition.
“In a democracy winning or losing keep happening but providing leadership is a different matter. He gave a leadership, one which is visible – maybe less on TV but very evident among public. We’ve accepted our defeat but it was a defeat of numbers & not ideology”, he asserted.
Azad further said “In CWC meeting everyone unanimously told him(Rahul Gandhi)he did a good job…No one has a doubt on his leadership but situation was like that. If someone can lead the party in such situation. it’s only Rahul Gandhi, if anyone can lead opposition, it’s only Rahul Gandhi”.
Senior party leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi , P Chidambaram, Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Captain Amarinder Singh attended the meeting.
Congress won 52 seats in the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies, up from 44 seats it had bagged in the 2014 general elections.
Not only this, Rahul Gandhi suffered a shock defeat in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi to Union Minister Smriti Irani in Amethi, although attained victory in Wayanad, Kerala.