After the piteous performance of the INC in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Rahul Gandhi has assumed full responsibility for the loss and offered to resign, but a recent meeting of the 52 member body Congress Working Committee (CWC) suggests that the top party leadership is not ready to leave Rahul.
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The winning in the states made INC complacent and they couldn’t translate that into Lok Sabha seats
Rahul Gandhi has assumed full responsibility for the loss, and is extremely adamant on not continuing on in the capacity of Party President. He says that he shall continue to work for the party, but after the recent performance he has a moral obligation to quit from the party. His mother and ex-Party President Sonia Gandhi tried to convince him to stay, but it seems as though Rahul wouldn’t budge. Other senior leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Priyanka Gandhi also begged him to reconsider but finally accepted Rahul’s decision. It has been decided, however, that Rahul will stay on until a suitable replacement can be found.
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Even the party workers seem reluctant to let Rahul go, following the age old tradition of the Congress to never look beyond the Nehru-Gandhi family for leadership, even against all reason. Rahul left without talking to the media after the meeting, and he was also not present at the press conference held by the leaders afterwards.
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The situation where Rahul resigned arose when the INC managed to win only 52 seats in the Lok Sabha, not a huge improvement from last time, wherein they had won only 44. Also, another huge blow was that Rahul also lost the seat of Amethi, which has been in the family for over 3 decades. However, Rahul still is an MP due to his victory in the seat of Wayanad in Kerala. However, losing the family bastion to BJP’s Smriti Irani was a big setback for the party, and demands a lot of introspection. Many feel that Rahul resigning is the right thing, as this would pave way for more charismatic and experienced leaders to take the onus.