On May 25, Rahul Gandhi resigned from his post as party president taking responsibility of the party’s debacle in the recent elections. Post his resignation, the party has faced mass resignations with as many as 200 leaders and workers stepping down from their positions.
Chief Ministers from five Congress-ruled states will be meeting Rahul Gandhi on Monday to persuade him to stay as the party’s president, party insiders familiar with the matter said.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Puducherry CM V. Narayanswamy, Karnataka deputy CM G Parameshwara, and Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot will meet Gandhi at his residence persuade him to stay.
While the agenda of the meeting is not known, it is expected that there will be brainstorming over the dismal performance of the grand old party in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, especially in heartland states where it won three assembly elections in December last. The chief ministers are also likely to discuss the mass resignations taking place in the party.
Gandhi, who became the party president in 2017, offered to step down from his post at the congress working committee (CWC) meeting on May 25, taking the moral responsibility for the congress abysmal performance in the 17th general elections.
At the May 25 congress working committee (CWC) meeting, where Rahul Gandhi had offered to resign, and his resignation offer was unanimously rejected by the Congress working committee (CWC) so far, several top leaders have met Rahul Gandhi and urged him to continue to lead the party. Despite senior members making a serious attempt to convince the 49-year-old party chief to rethink his decision, he remains unfazed. As the Congress won 52 seats in the recent general elections, which is just eight more than what the past won in 2014 polls.