The DMK president M K Stalin on Tuesday telephoned Congress president Rahul Gandhi not to resign following the party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha elections.
Following reports that Rahul firmly told the Congress Working Committee that he wanted to take responsibility for the defeat, Stalin called him and assured him that though he might have lost the elections, “You have won the heart of the people”, reports said.
Rahul in turn congratulated Stalin on the sweep of the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu by the DMK-led secular front.
Stalin was the first to project Rahul as Prime Minister face of the secular front. He is the second leader to request Rahul not to resign. Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav reportedly told Rahul resigning at this juncture would be “suicidal”.
In an article in Telegraph, Lalu said even if the Congress chose a new leader, Modi and Amit Shah would continue to charge that he was being remote controlled by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.