New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi yesterday offered to resign for the party’s worst performance in a general election, but the Congress Working Committee unanimously rejected it, senior leader Amarinder Singh said.
What now? Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at the CWC meeting at party headquarters in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI
“Sonia Gandhi-ji and Rahul Gandhi offered to resign, but the CWC (Congress Working Committee) rejected it,” said the former Punjab chief minister.
Party sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said it was not a solution to the problem. “The resignation of Sonia and Rahul is no solution to problems faced by the party,” a source quoting the prime minister said.
A party leader said: “Many members said the party was not able to properly communicate with people. Rahul Gandhi is likely to be given more free hand in organisational affairs in the coming days.”
The CWC met here to take stock of the party’s worst performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in which it won just 44 seats.
After the results were announced May 16, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi owned up responsibility for the party’s performance.