As the CWC meeting is underway on Saturday at AICC HQ in Delhi, sources said that CWC members and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi rejected Rahul Gandhi's resignation and insisted him to continue. Two days after the humbling defeat of the Congress party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in which it won only 52 seats under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, AICC chaired the meeting to discuss the embarrassing loss.
Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha elections 2019 also lost from the Gandhi bastion of Amethi against BJP's Smriti Irani by 55120 votes.
CWC comprising of 56 members, and all the CMs of the Congress party (except MP CM Kamal Nath) has further said that if Rahul Gandhi is adamant on resigning, he must suggest a name who will lead the party next. However, in a major scoop, Republic TV has learnt that a faction in the Congress wants there to be an option of a successor.
Criticising the party, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia called it a 'political drama. He said while speaking to Republic TV:
"There is nothing but political drama. There is not one person who can master the courage to speak the truth in front of the dynasty, they have been worshipping the dynasty. Today is another drama episode that Rahul Gandhi is offering his resignation to his mother, and she will convince the CWC members to reject it."
Meanwhile, sources from the agencies said that the Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala has brushed off the information about Rahul Gandhi's resignation claiming it to be wrong.
As the CWC meeting commenced at 11 on May 25, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrived followed by Congress' trump-card for the Lok Sabha elections - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who arrived alongside her brother. Congress leaders across the country arrived at Delhi party office, including former PM Manmohan Singh, PC Chacko, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, Shaktisinh Gohil, Rajeev Satav, Jatin Prasada, RPN Singh, PL Punia, Oomen Chandy, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, Kumari Sheilja, Harish Rawat, Sheila Dikshit, P Chidambaram and others.