Rahul firm on resignation: Cong says CWC May 25 resolution stands

Rahul firm on resignation: Cong says CWC May 25 resolution stands

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New Delhi, May 28 : Amid continued speculation that Mr Rahul Gandhi was firm on his resignation from the post of Congress president, the party on Tuesday said the resolution of the Congress working committee, passed at its meeting on May 25 and which rejected the resignation of Mr Gandhi as party president, stands.

Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Pawan Khera, responding to questions on reports that Mr Rahul Gandhi was firm on his resignation, said,'let us not indulge in any speculation. For us, and for you (media), the resolution by the CWC stands.'At a meeting on May 25, the CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress, had rejected the resignation offer by Mr Gandhi and authorised him to restructure the party.

Mr Khera termed as 'speculation' reports that Rahul was still insistent on his resignation and had refused to meet newly elected Tamil Nadu Congress MPs and Deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot.

'After you have been informed about the CWC resolution, all the other questions are in the realm of speculation. I don't want to comment on speculative reports. All I will say is that the CWC resolution of May 25 stands, 'he said.

He said that it was a fact that Rahul was continuing with his work as Congress president.' It is a fact that Rahul is continuing with his work as Congress president. Anything other than this is mere speculation.The CWC is the most important decision making body of the Congress. The CWC has rejected his resignation. Rest is all speculation,' he said.

The Congress statement came after reports that even after the Congress Working Committee rejected his resignation, Rahul Gandhi insisted that he will step aside as the party president taking moral responsibility over the disastrous show in the Lok Sabha polls.

Reports also said that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other key leaders who came to meet Rahul at his residence on Tuesday could not meet him and instead had a meeting with his sister and AICC General secretary incharge for Uttar Pradesh east Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The meeting at the Congress president's Tughlaq Road residence was also attended by Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, AICC communication incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala and party's organisational general secretary KC Venugopal.

The reports also said that amid the continued suspense on Rahul's resignation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) may be called again within next 3-4 days.
The CWC met on Saturday in Delhi and rejected Mr Gandhi's offer to quit and had authorised him to take all necessary drastic steps to restructure the party.
The speculations of Rahul being firm on his resignation have been caused as the Congress president has not yet held a meeting with newly elected Congress MPs.