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Congress President Rahul Gandhi Adamant On Resigning, Priyanka, Gehlot, Pilot Reach His Home

Rahul Gandhi had offered his resignation first during the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday, but it was unanimously rejected.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi Adamant On Resigning, Priyanka, Gehlot, Pilot Reach His Home
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with his sister and party's general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. | File Photo
Congress President Rahul Gandhi Adamant On Resigning, Priyanka, Gehlot, Pilot Reach His Home
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2019-05-28T12:57:05+05:30

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had a series of visitors on Tuesday with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as well as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot met him at his residence amid rumblings of discontent in the state and his insistence on quitting.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi was present during the discussions, party insiders said. The party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and general secretary K C Venugopal also met the party president at his Tughlaq Lane home.

It is not immediately known what transpired at the meetings.

Rahul Gandhi had offered his resignation first during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday, but it was unanimously rejected.

The CWC, which is the party's top decision-making body has also authorised Rahul Gandhi to make structural changes in the party.

Faced with a colossal electoral defeat, the Congress has been riven by internal turmoil. As the party grapples with a severe existential crisis, its governments in both Karnataka and Rajasthan teeter on the brink with reports suggesting the BJP may try to wrest power in both states.

The Congress drew a blank in Rajasthan as the NDA won all 25 Lok Sabha seats. In Karnataka, where it formed a government with the JD(S) in May last year, the Congress managed to win only one Lok Sabha seat out of 28.

On Monday, Rahul Gandhi cancelled all his appointments for the day and Gehlot could not meet him.

According to some leaders who attended the Congress Working Committee meeting, Gandhi did a lot of "plain-speaking" in his surgical analysis of the role of several party leaders while himself offering to quit as the party president.

Ticking-off Gehlot for camping in Jodhpur for his son Vaibhav's election, Gandhi said the chief minister spent days campaigning extensively for his son in Jodhpur and neglected the rest of the state.

The CWC meeting was held in the backdrop of the Congress winning just 52 Lok Sabha seats and drawing a nought in 18 states and Union Territories. Gandhi himself lost from the family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, though he won from Wayanad in Kerala.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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