The Congress leaders also reviewed the performance of the party in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Thursday passed a resolution urging Congress president Rahul Gandhi to withdraw his resignation and continue working in the same capacity. The MPCC held its parliamentary committee meeting Thursday at Tilak Bhavan. The Congress leaders also reviewed the performance of the party in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
MPCC president Ashok Chavan and Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora proposed the resolution. Mr Chavan and Mr Deora both lost the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls from Nanded and Mumbai south, respectively.
Mr Gandhi had offered last week to quit from the post of party president in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Delhi after the defeat of the party in the general elections. The CWC had unanimously rejected his resignation, and urged him to continue as party president.
"The Congress president campaigned tirelessly in the entire country and in fact it is time for the state leaders to introspect and take responsibility for this debacle," the MPCC resolution said.
Mr Chavan said that the MPCC and MRCC unanimously resolved to request the Congress president to withdraw his resignation and continue to lead the party. “Mr Gandhi strongly led the party against divisive forces and his contribution in protecting democracy was unparalleled,” he said.
A senior Congress leader said that Mr Chavan along with a few senior leaders had spoken with all the defeated candidates individually and they pointed out various factors responsible for the defeat, including the EVMs.
Representatives barred from debates
The Congress party has barred all its spokespersons and leaders from appearing in any debate on television channels for a month. According to a letter, which was singed and issued by general secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Adv Ganesh Patil, All India Congress Committee has decided not to send party representative for debates for a month. “All news channels and editors are requested not to invite Congress party spokesperson, leaders for the discussion,” it stated.