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  • Congress lost Punjab, could not wrest any of the four other states from the BJP
  • Gandhis not resigning from party posts: Congress
  • Priyanka was the star campaigner for Congress in UP

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Will Gandhis give up Congress leadership at the party meeting today?

While the calls for a change in party's top leadership are growing louder, the Congress has denied news reports that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will resign from all organisational posts. 

The Congress will hold a meeting of the party's working committee today at 4pm to discuss it's rout from Punjab and failure to win any of the other 4 states that went to polls.

While the calls for a change in party's top leadership are growing louder, the Congress has denied news reports that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will resign from all organisational posts.

The Congress lost Punjab to the AAP and could not wrest any of the four other states - Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur - from the BJP.

While Sonia Gandhi has not been actively campaigning for some time, Rahul Gandhi has been the star campaigner for the Congress besides Priyanka Gandhi, with the brother-sister duo also playing a major role in key decisions of the party.

Despite a high-pitched campaign led by AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress could manage to win only two of the 403 assembly seats with the vote share plummeting to a meagre 2.33% and most of its candidates losing security deposits.

Rahul Gandhi had resigned as Congress president after the party suffered its second consecutive defeat in general elections in 2019. Sonia Gandhi who took over the reins of the party again as interim president had also offered to quit in August 2020 after an open revolt by a section of leaders, referred to as G-23, but the CWC had urged her to continue.

Sunday's CWC meeting is likely to see some fireworks as the G-23 dissident leaders, who have questioned the leadership and pressed for organisation overhaul, have indicated that these issues will be raised again.

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