Rahul's resignation rejected, RaGa empowered to shake up Congress

New Delhi, May 25: A crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday unanimously rejected Rahul Gandhi's offer to resign as party president after the Lok Sabha poll debacle and authorised him to overhaul and restructure the party at all levels.

The meeting deliberated on the reasons behind the Congress's defeat in the elections for four long hours with various leaders urging Rahul Gandhi to continue to provide leadership to the party.

"Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his address to the CWC offered his resignation as the party president. The CWC unanimously and with one voice rejected the same and requested the Congress President for his leadership and guidance in these challenging times," said the resolution passed by CWC.

The CWC "unanimously" called upon the Rahul Gandhi to lead the party in its ideological battle and to champion the cause of India's youth, the farmers, the SC, ST, OBCs, the minorities, the poor and the deprived sections, it said.

Top Congress leaders from across the country Saturday got together to review the Lok Sabha poll drubbing, as the party's highest decision-making body met here.

The CWC meeting, chaired by Rahul Gandhi, was attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, chief ministers of party-ruled states and other top leaders.The Congress leaders, who participated in the CWC meeting  wore grim look when they came out as the meeting ended.

Four hours after the party went into a huddle to chalk out a future path after facing the drubbing just days back when poll results showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government returning to power with a thumping majority, none of the 23 members of the Congress Working Committee spoke to the media.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, his sister and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left the office imediately after the meeting concluded.Agencies

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