Congress Working Committee meets to review Lok Sabha debacle

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NEW DELHI: The Congress Working Committee meeting got underway here on Saturday to review the party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls.

 

The CWC meeting, chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is being attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Uttar Pradesh (East) in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and chief ministers of four party-ruled states Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and of the Union Territory Puducherry.

The meeting of the party's highest decision-making body will go into the reasons behind the party's debacle and discus as to why it's poll narrative failed to convince the people.

There were speculations that the Congress president might offer his resignation taking moral responsibility for the party's poor performance in the polls.
However, a party source said that reports about Gandhi offering to resign is wrong.

Senior leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram was also present in the meeting alongside other party colleagues including AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dikshit, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also attended the meeting along with their Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel.

Though the Congress improved on its 2014 tally of 44, it could win just 52 Lok Sabha seats this year. In 18 states and Union Territories, the party could not open its account.

The Bharathiya Janata Party had secured 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s tally along with that of its allies (NDA) has been pushed up to 352 in the 17th Lok Sabha.

The Lok Sabha polls commence on April 11 and completed on May 19.

Voting for the 542 Lok Sabha seats were held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

 

With inputs from PTI

 

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