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Rahul owns responsibility for Cong defeat, offers resignation

Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from his post after the party was routed for a second consecutive time in the 2019 Lok sabha polls, at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.  However, former Congress chief and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi turned down the offer.
 
Sources in the party said that the matter will be discussed by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in its next meeting, scheduled next week.Gandhi congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the win as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) improved its tally compared to the 2014 polls and crossed the 300-mark, making it the biggest mandate for a single party since 1984. 
 
Rahul Gandhi contested from two places, Wayanad in Kerala, from where he won with a huge majority and Amethi, where he was defeated by BJP candidate Smriti Irani.He refused to comment on the reasons for the party’s rout. 
 
The party’s performance has improved only marginally with the Congress winning 49 seats this time against the 44 won in 2014, both of which were fought under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. The Congress was wiped off the Hindi heartland and it could defeat the BJP only in Punjab and Kerala, from where Rahul Gandhi contested on his second seat, Wayanad.
 
Gandhi conceded the defeat to BJP’s Smrit Irani in Amethi, even though over 3 lakh votes are yet to be counted. He congratulated Irani for her victory from Amethi. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has retained the Raebareli Lok Sabha seat, which is considered her fortress, since 2004. She won against her BJP rival with a margin of nearly 1 lakh votes.  
 
The party did not fare well in Uttar Pradesh which is considered vital in the general elections in terms of the seats it contributes to the tally in the Lok Sabha. There are 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh against the total 543 in the Lok Sabha. 

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