Priyanka reaches Rahul Gandhis home as he stays firm on quitting

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is meeting her brother, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday morning amid reports that he wants to quit after the crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Priyanka Gandhi, Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala arrived at Rahul Gandhi’s 12, Tughlaq Lane residence. The meeting between Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi comes in the backdrop of reports that the powerful working committee of the party may meet in the next three-four days to discuss the leadership issue. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The Congress has denied that any such meeting has been scheduled in the near future. “These reports are baseless,” KC Venugopal, general secretary in-charge of organization who is responsible to covening Congress Working Committee meetings. On Monday, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal met Rahul Gandhi. But Patel insisted that he had gone to meet Rahul Gandhi for routine administrative work. “I had sought time before the CWC to meet the Congress President to discuss routine administrative work. The meeting today was in that context. All other speculation is incorrect and baseless,” Patel tweeted. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Three more state Congress chiefs resigned on Monday taking ‘moral responsibility’ for party’s poor performance in Lok Sabha elections. Other than Sunil Jakhar (Punjab) and Ajoy Kumar (Jharkhand) and Ripun Bora (Assam), HK Patil, who was tasked to oversee the Karnataka Congress campaign in December, also put in his papers.These resignations take the number of party unit chiefs who have resigned since the poll results to six — the others being UP party chief Raj Babbar, Odisha’s Niranjan Patnaik and Ashok Chavan of Maharashtra. The Congress won just 52 seats in the Lok Sabha polls which saw Narendra Modi-led NDA come to power with a massive mandate winning 352 seats. The Congress tally of 52 was just 8 more than what it had won in 2014, the party’s worst-ever performance in parliamentary elections. (With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img

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