Agencies, New Delhi
In a marathon brainstorming meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Party President Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi today offered to resign owning moral responsibility for the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections but the party rejected their resignation offers.
The CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress, adopted a resolution acknowledging its collective responsibility for the results of the elections and authorising Ms Gandhi for a shake up the party positions to resurrect the grand old party.
‘’Despite the untiring and selfless efforts of lakhs of Congress workers, the outcome of elections is indeed a matter of great disappointment. As the highest decision making body of the Congress, the CWC acknowledges its responsibility for the results of the elections.
‘’We place on record our deep appreciation and gratitude to the Congress workers who toiled hard in the last several months. The CWC understands their pain and promises them that we shall, collectively, take corrective steps in order to win back the support of the people,’’ the CWC resolution said.
Briefing reporters after the marathon two and half hour meeting, Party General secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said Ms Gandhi had offered to resign taking responsibility for the party’s defeat.
‘’We could not do what we should have despite having good policies and programmes and these had no impact on the people,’’ Mr Dwivedi said quoting Ms Gandhi.
‘’I believe that I have not been able to bring about the necessary changes to strengthen the party. Therefore, I take full responsibility for this crushing defeat and I am prepared to relinquish my position,’’ Ms Gandhi said.
Mr Gandhi also offered to resign. In his address at the CWC, Mr Gandhi said the kind of ‘’accountability’’ which should have been in the Party, was not there and whatever was expected of him, could not be given.
‘’I could not give what was expected of me…I will do that now…I offer to resign,’’ Mr Gandhi said, according to Mr Dwivedi.
The CWC, however, outrightly rejected the resignation offers by the party president and party vice-president.
Before Mr Gandhi, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh owned up lapses in governance, specially in checking price rise, corruption etc and said he took responsibility for anything lacking on government side.