Congress keeps its faith in Gandhi family, PM takes blame

The CWC had passed a unanimous resolution expressing full faith in the leadership of Sonia and Rahul.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2014 10:03 pm

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Monday offered to step down in the wake of the most humiliating defeat in the history of their party, but the Congress Working Committee expectedly rejected the proposal.

According to senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi, who addressed a press conference after the meeting of the party’s highest policymaking body, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had taken the responsibility for “whatever shortcomings existed at the govt level”.

The Congress’s problems would not be solved by the resignations of Sonia and Rahul, Manmohan Singh told the CWC, according to Dwivedi

The CWC had passed a unanimous resolution expressing full faith in the leadership of Sonia and Rahul, and had authorised Sonia to take whatever steps she deemed necessary to revamp the party, Dwivedi said.

Amarinder Singh, one of the few senior Congress leaders who will be in the new Lok Sabha, said, “Sonia and Rahul offered to resign but the CWC rejected it unanimously.” Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said, “We will fight under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.”

The CWC passed a resolution criticising the communication strategy of the government. It accepted the verdict of the people, and said both the government and party must share the responsibility for the rout.

Through the day, Congress leaders sought to throw a protective shield around Sonia and Rahul, saying “everyone” was responsible for the defeat. As the CWC met, Youth Congress workers shouted slogans in support of Rahul outside.

“The question of Sonia and Rahul resigning does not even arise. It’s a collective responsibility. I am equally responsible,” Manish Tewari said.

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    Jack Doe
    May 20, 2014 at 1:19 am
    Party of dynastic rule and slaves. Why doesn't the CWC think that there are enough leaders outside of the nakli-hi family ?
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    Simbha
    May 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm
    People are sick of this jaded leadership. Being Nehru's family is not enough. Need to perform.
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    Luhar Luhar
    May 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    It looks like the g old party is suffering from Stockholm syndrome and/or a Freudian complex.
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    Mahendra
    May 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    The news media should focus on productive news. Let's push this items on last page, if essential.
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    DWARAKANATH M
    May 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm
    the main reason for congress debacle is that they never accept their mistakes, instead blame others. THEY NEVER UNDERSTOOD MORE YOU BLAME MODI MORE IT BOOMARANGES AGAINST THEM INSPITE OF EXPERIENCING EARLIER.AS FOR DEBACLE IN U.P. DONT YOU THINK IT WAS A BIGGEST BER TO PUT MISTRY AGAINST MODI IN VADODRA WHEN HE WAS IN CHARGE OF UP FOR ELECTION? WHAT A SILLY STRATEGY.
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    nmr
    May 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm
    IF CWC AND PARTY PRESIDENTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS HISTORIC DEBACLE THEN WHO IS RESPONSIBLE AND HOW THE SAME GROUP CAN WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE RESULTS IN COMING EMBLY ELCETIONS. THIS IS A HIGHCOMMAND DRAMA. THE CWC AND PARTY PRESIDENT ALL SHOULD TAKE COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY AND RESIGN. NO GUTS TO QUESTION SONIA. DONT FOOL PEOPLE.
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    Navin Sharma
    May 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm
    Congress going by the way of the Left. Irrelevant ideas and back room dealings.
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    Counselor Shripad
    May 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    ..CWC has no role in the future...it makes no difference if ALL RESIGN.....
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