Three days after the humbling defeat of the Congress party that won only 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, its Maharashtra chief Ashok Chavan will travel to Delhi to submit his resignation to party president Rahul Gandhi. On Saturday, Chavan offered to resign from his post following the party's downfall in the state of Maharashtra. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress won only one seat in the state out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.
Speaking to ANI a day earlier, Chavan said, "We all ought to submit our resignation to the Congress President. As for me, I have submitted my resignation and now it is up to Rahul Gandhi to take a call on whatever reshuffle and changes he wants to make. We fully authorise the Congress President to take a call on this."
On being asked who should take responsibility for Congress' dismal performance in the general elections, Chavan said, "Rahul Gandhi is not to be blamed for what happened in the Lok Sabha polls. He is the leader of our party and I do not endorse that he is responsible for this debacle in polls. It is the collective responsibility of all people like us, who are heading the party in various states."
On May 25, Congress Working Committee(CWC) met in which Rahul Gandhi offered to resign, however, the CWC members rejected his resignation.
Clarifying on the speculations around Rahul Gandhi's resignation, Randeep Singh Surjewala in a press conference after the meeting said:
"Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his address to the CWC offered his resignation which the CWC members unanimously and with one voice rejected and requested the Congress president for his guidance and leadership. CWC recommended the Congress president thorough introspection for a complete overall and a detailed re-structuring at every level. A plan about the same will come into play in the coming days. CWC will further inspect on the reasons for the same."
BJP-Shiv Sena coalition swept the polls in Maharashtra, managing to win 41 seats together. NCP managed to retain its tally from 2014 by winning five seats while one seat went to AIMIM. Congress' chiefs of party units in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha too have offered to resign from their post accepting responsibility for Congress' poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.