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CWC meets to review Lok Sabha poll drubbing

Before the meeting began, some top party leaders claimed that Gandhi’s relentless “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “negative” in its tone.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi, at the Congress party CWC meeting at the party HQ in New Delhi on Saturday. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi, is holding its first review meeting after its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders, the meeting is currently underway at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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This is Congress's first review meeting since facing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The Congress has won 52 seats in 29, compared to 44 in 2014 polls. It has barely added one crore voters when the BJP added 5 crore. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi, leaders Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and others at the Congress party CWC meeting at the party HQ in New Delhi on Saturday. One hour into the meeting, media reports suggested that Gandhi has offered to resign, but the CWC rejected the offer. However, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala refusted the reports. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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The meeting is going on into the reasons behind the party's defeat and to discuss why its poll narrative failed to convince the people to vote in its favour. Before the meeting began, some top party leaders claimed that Gandhi’s relentless “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “negative” in its tone. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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They also said that the party leadership’s “inept” approach towards the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot air strikes in its wake played a major role in shaping public opinion against the Congress. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Many things Rahul did were questioned by party seniors. “Right from hugging the Prime Minister in Parliament to his hesitation about contesting in Wayanad or even the confusion regarding fielding Priyanka in Varanasi, reflected poorly on his decision-making,” a leader said. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi arrives at CWC meeting Saturday. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has skipped the CWC meeting as he will be attending a legislative meeting in the state. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)