Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today said the Congress chief ministers met party president Rahul Gandhi and conveyed to him the “sentiments” of the party workers from across the country. Gehlot said he hopes Rahul Gandhi will take the “right” decision on his offer to resign as the Congress president.
“We had a good meeting with Rahul Gandhi and conveyed our sentiments to him. He listened to us attentively and we hope that he will take the right decision,” said Gehlot emerging from the meeting of the chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states with the party president in New Delhi.
Gehlot was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.
The Congress chief ministers met Rahul Gandhi in what is considered as a bid to dissuade him from quitting as the party president. Gehlot said the party workers across the country want Rahul Gandhi to lead the party and not to resign in the view of the loss in the Lok Sabha election.
“Loss and win are part of elections,” said Gehlot, who also brushed aside the speculation that he and Kamal Nath, his counterpart in Madhya Pradesh, again offered to quit taking responsibility for the Congress’s poor performance in the two states in the Lok Sabha election.
Rahul Gandhi had, just after the Lok Sabha drubbing, had blamed both Gehlot and Kamal Nath for the party’s poor performance despite winning assembly elections in the two states in December last year. Rahul Gandhi had said Gehlot and Kamal Nath were more concerned about the electoral prospects of their sons than worrying about the party.
Gehlot blamed “misleading” election campaign by the BJP for the Congress’s loss in the Lok Sabha election while batting for Rahul Gandhi’s continuation as the party president. He said, “Rahul Gandhi’s message during election — to contest election on the issues of principles — has been received well. The other side did politics hiding behind the military, misled the country to win the election.”
Ahead of chief ministers’ meeting with Rahul Gandhi, Gehlot wrote on Twitter, “We firmly believe that only he can lead the party in the current scenario, his commitment towards the well being of our country and countrymen is un-compromised and unmatched.”
However, responding to Gehlot’s remark, Rahul Gandhi told reporters, “I have made my decision clear. You all know it.”
The Congress won 52 Lok Sabha seats in the recent Lok Sabha election. Taking moral responsibility for the electoral loss, Rahul Gandhi announced quitting as the party president sending the party leaders in a tizzy. All attempts to dissuade him from quitting has failed till date. Rahul Gandhi is said to be adamant on quitting as Congress president.