CWC to meet on Saturday after humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha polls
After facing a humiliating defeat in the parliamentary elections, Congress Working Committee (CWC) is expected to meet on Saturday in Delhi.
New Delhi: After facing a humiliating defeat in the parliamentary elections, Congress Working Committee (CWC) is expected to meet on Saturday in Delhi, sources said.
Congress in this election suffered a defeat in the hand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP. The grand old party could only manage to get 49 seats while leading on other three seats. Whereas the BJP repeated its 2014 landslide victory with winning more than 300 seats so far.
Even Congress' chief Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh could not save themselves from the saffron' wave.
Earlier in the day, Rahul held a press conference and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for BJP's bumper win in the general elections.
Boosting the morale of the party candidates and workers, he said, "Our candidates fought with all their heart. I say to the people of Congress party and those who believe in our ideology that you do not need to be scared."
Gandhi congratulated Modi but refused to comment on the mandate his party got.
"Frankly, today is the not the day to discuss what I think went wrong because people of India have clearly decided that Narendra Modi is going to be their Prime Minister and as an Indian, I respect that," he said.
He also conceded defeat in Amethi parliamentary constituency - a bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi family and congratulated his BJP opponent Smriti Irani, whom he defeated with a landslide margin in 2014 general elections.
"She has won and I congratulate her," he said. Gandhi has been an MP from the parliamentary constituency since 2004.
He, however, won from Wayanad with a landmark 4 lakh margin.
After the Congress' drubbing in elections, there were reports that Gandhi offered to resign as party president. However, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed these reports as "incorrect".
When asked on fixing responsibility for the electoral loss, Gandhi said, "This is between my party and I. Between me and the Congress CWC. (ANI)