Congress was decimated in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. And according to party president Rahul Gandhi, one of the biggest reasons for this was the behavior of senior Congress leaders.
At Congress Working Committee's meet on Saturday, Rahul reportedly slammed P Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, and Kamal Nath, for pushing for their sons' candidature.
Irony just died a million times!
Congress got five years, it won just 53 seats
Congress had to face staggering defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, the grand old party won 44 seats, and this time it managed to touch 53.
The party showed it failed to catch the nerve of the voters and pose a challenge to BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Congress might not even remain the principal opposition party.
Scindia spoke about strong leaders, Rahul agreed
At the post-mortem meeting, which lasted for four hours, Rahul's trusted aide Jyotiraditya Scindia spoke about strengthening party ranks. Notably, Scindia lost his home turf Guna to BJP's Dr. Krishnapal Yadav.
Rahul agreed with Scindia's analysis. He pointed out that Congress performed poorly in states where it was in power.
To recall, Congress had won Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan in December's assembly polls.
Congress leaders worked for their sons; most of them lost
Political corridors have been abuzz with actions of Congress' CMs for days. While Ashok Gehlot concentrated on making his son Vaibhav win the Jodhpur seat, Kamal Nath kept himself busy in Chhindwara, from where his son Nakul was contesting.
Vaibhav lost, while Nakul won.
Similarly, P Chidambaram lobbied hard to get his son Karti a ticket from Sivaganga. Karti also managed to win.
Further, Rahul offered to resign, but CWC didn't accept it
Rahul also berated leaders for not picking up issues which he raised. The 48-year-old specifically mentioned Rafale deal and the "Chowkidar Chor Hai" slogan.
Taking responsibility for the defeat, Rahul offered to resign. But CWC didn't accept his resignation and opined that he is the "best man" to lead the party.
In fact, AK Antony went as far as saying the performance "wasn't disastrous".
Separately, Priyanka said decisions shouldn't be taken in haste
Though CWC didn't accept Rahul's resignation, he remained adamant.
"I am and will remain a disciplined soldier of the Congress and continue to fight fearlessly. But I do not want to remain the party president," Rahul reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Rahul's sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suggested that decisions shouldn't be taken in haste. She claimed Rahul would fall into "BJP's trap" by resigning.