Sonia, Rahul Gandhi trying to run away: Giriraj Singh
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Giriraj Singh on Monday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son, party vice president Rahul Gandhi are trying to run away post the party's poll debacle.
"Congress has lost its credibility. The Congress could not match up to people's expectations. And that is the reason why today Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi both are trying to run away," said Singh.
Pertinently, Singh had earlier sparked a controversy by saying that those who do not support Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi should be sent to Pakistan.
As the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be meeting here on Monday to introspect the recent Lok Sabha poll debacle, Sonia and Rahul are unlikely to tender their resignation at the meet.
"While Sonia and Rahul are reportedly unlikely to resign, sources add that even if Rahul does offer to resign, the CWC is unlikely to accept it," reported CNN-IBN.
Congress leader Kamal Nath on Saturday said he could not find any reason for Sonia and Rahul to resign.
Kamal Nath told CNN-IBN: "If the government cannot convey its perception to people, than Rahul cannot be held responsible. I don't see any reason that they (Sonia, Rahul) should resign. They have accepted the responsibility."
On Saturday, reports said Sonia and Rahul may offer to resign taking the responsibility of the party's worst ever defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Quoting Congress sources, reports said Sonia and Rahul were likely to offer their resignations at the Congress Working Committee meeting scheduled to be held on Monday in New Delhi.
On Friday, Sonia said: "The people have given their verdict against us. As the Congress president, I take the entire responsibility of our defeat."
Moments later, Rahul said: "Congress has done pretty badly. There is a lot of introspection needed. As the party's vice president, I hold myself responsible for the party's defeat."
Decimating the ruling Congress in a landslide victory, Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win 285 seats out of 543 that made it the first party to cross the majority mark of 272 on its own in over 30 years.
Riding on an unprecedented wave of expectations coupled with widespread resentment against the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Modi almost singled-handedly bought the BJP-led National Deocratic Alliance (NDA) to a 340-seat-tally.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party meanwhile was routed to just 44 seats, a huge 162 seats short of last time, ending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure with a humiliating blow.
(Posted on 19-05-2014)