NEW DELHI :
All talk of party president Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is speculative, the Congress said on Tuesday even as allies Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) urged him to reconsider his decision.
Gandhi offered to resign during the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday after the party’s poor performance in the general elections. However, the CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party, unanimously rejected his resignation and authorized Gandhi to overhaul and restructure the party.
“There is a CWC resolution that you have been apprised of. Let’s not speculate. All questions after that are speculative. The CWC is the most important decision-making body of our party. The CWC has rejected the resignation. The rest is all speculation," said Pawan Khera, the national spokesperson of the Congress.
Gandhi on Tuesday met Rajasthan chief minister and state party president Ashok Gehlot and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, according to PTI. He also met party general secretary incharge for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The meetings came after Gandhi cancelled all his meetings on Monday.
Congress allies have meanwhile reached out to Gandhi. DMK chief M.K. Stalin spoke to Gandhi over phone and asked him not to resign, while RJD president Lalu Prasad took to Twitter to describe the move as “suicidal".
This was the first general elections to be held since Gandhi took over as president of the party, which won just 52 seats. Gandhi managed to win from Wayanad, Kerala, but lost to former Union minister Smriti Irani in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, a Congress bastion he had represented for three terms.