Gandhi will meet Congress chief ministers to discuss the party’s performance in the elections earlier this year.
The chief ministers of Congress-ruled states will show their solidarity with party president Rahul Gandhi and own moral responsibility for the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said ahead of the meeting on Monday.
The party, which won 52 Lok Sabha seats in the recent election, leads the government in Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Puducherry.
Gehlot said only Gandhi, who is adamant on quitting as party president, can lead the party in the current scenario as his commitment towards the party and the country is uncompromised and unmatched.
“All Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states will be meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi today at his residence to show our solidarity. We all indicated earlier that we are with Hon’ble CP and that we are in charge of the 2019 debacle In the present situation, we strongly think that only he can lead the party, his dedication to our country’s and countrymen’s well-being is uncompromising and unmatched.
Only the Congress president, he said, did his best to make it an issue-based election and took the BJP head on.
Gehlot said the 2019 election was not a defeat of the programs, policies, and ideology of the Congress.
He said it was unfortunate that the BJP managed to hide its “huge failures” behind “fanatic nationalism” and with the help of enormous resources of the government machinery.
Rahul Gandhi has reportedly been miffed with Ashok Gehlot as the latter spent his energies on campaigning for his son Vaibhav in Jodhpur during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections instead of taking charge of the state-wide Congress campaign.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress saw a complete wipe-out in Rajasthan with Bhartiya Janata Party winning all 25 seats in the state.
He lamented that Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot had placed their children above the party at the session of the May 25 Congress Working Committee (CWC), where Rahul Gandhi had offered to resign.
writer: Sakshi Gupta