Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the party had faced poll routs in the past several elections, including the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, not because of the Bharatiya Janata Party but as a consequence of party workers' angst.
Voices of discomfiture have come to fore in Congress over the remarks of senior leader P Chidambaram that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should "speak more" and that even a non-Gandhi family member can be party President someday.
Former Congress Working Committee member Jagmit Singh Brar on Friday created a flutter with his remarks that there was "no harm" if Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi take a two-year break in the wake of Lok Sabha poll debacle.
Cracking the whip against its sulking Haryana MP Chaudhary Birender Singh who appears set to join the BJP, the Congress on Thursday night removed him from the party`s working committee and sought an explanation from the senior leader asking why he was associating with the saffron party.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign in wake of the party`s worst-ever performance in the Lok Sabha polls here on Monday, but the Congress Working Committee (CWC) refused it, say reports.
`A defeat, no matter how resounding, can never match up to the strength of the resolve to make amends` is an idea is yet to germinate in the minds of Congressmen, who are staring down the hill after ten years of `lal battis` and power.
As Congress is shell-shocked over its worst-ever tally of 44 seats in Lok Sabha polls, the chorus for a thorough revamp and surgical actions to stem the rot have grown as its apex decision making body Congress Working Committee meets on Monday.
Amid reports that a section of its top leaders are against naming Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the party, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Thursday warned that those who have a problem with the party vice president will have to go.
A day after the Core Committee of the Congress met to discuss Rahul Gandhi`s future role, the ruling party`s Working Committee is set to meet on Thursday to deliberate further on the issue and finalise a strategy for the upcoming General Elections.