Even as another meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) has been called to discuss the future course of action and its chief RahuI Gandhi adamant on resigning, Rajasthan Congress has passed a resolution that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi should not quit as party president.
Speaking to the media, Rajasthan Congress spokesperson with CM Ashok Gehlot at one side and deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot at the other side, he said:
"All the working members of the Rajasthan Pradesh Committee have passed regarding the resolution in the CWC meeting. The Committee today passed another resolution in favour of CWC resolution has decided along with senior leaders and executive members. To Rahul Gandhi, we request that we trust you completely and allow us to be under your leadership and guidance. The Pradesh Congress Committee accepts the reasons due to which such a mandate was received. We will analyse our loss and we assure the Congress chief that he can change Congress structurally and for that, an idea must be tabled soon. We have lost but our courage and our commitment towards our belief are stronger than before. Congress party is dedicated to fighting against hate."
However, Gehlot and Pilot did not say a word about the issue or about attending the swearing-in of the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, amid turmoil within the Congress party following the 2019 Lok Sabha election results, as per inputs, Rahul Gandhi is insistent on his decision to step down as Congress party president. At the previous CWC meeting, his resignation offer was rejected as the party instead allegedly unanimously asked him to remain and guide them, and even bestowed upon him full authority to overhaul the party.
Counsel for Rahul Gandhi to not quit as Congress chief has also on Tuesday come from ally Lalu Prasad Yadav who has called the resignation decision suicidal, opining that as soon as a non-Nehru-Gandhi family member takes over the role, they would be painted as a 'puppet' by the BJP. Lalu Prasad also blamed regional parties for not projecting Rahul Gandhi as a Prime Ministerial face as it was required to take on the BJP and Narendra Modi irrespective of the Opposition's seat-share bargaining.
A meeting was also held at Rahul Gandhi's residence, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Randeep Surjewala, Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday.
Since the May 23 results in which the Congress managed to win just 52 seats - six more than its lowest-ever Lok Sabha polls tally in 2014 - the resignations have come in thick and fast, and from all over the country. Congress chiefs of Madhya Pradesh (M.P CM Kamal Nath), Uttar Pradesh (Raj Babbar), Odisha (Niranjan Patnaik), Assam (Ripun Bora), Jharkhand (Dr Ajoy Kumar), Punjab (Sunil Jhakar, on account of his own loss to BJP's Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur) are among the many names that have resigned.