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Congress chief ministers will take responsibility for Lok Sabha defeat: Ashok Gehlot

All chief minisers from the party will meet Rahul Gandhi today at his residence

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 1.07.19, 4:13 PM
  • Updated 1.07.19, 4:13 PM
  • a min read
Ashok Gehlot PTI file photo

The chief ministers of Congress-ruled states will show solidarity with Rahul Gandhi and own moral responsibility for the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said ahead of a meeting with the party president on Monday.

The party, which won 52 Lok Sabha seats, leads the government in Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry.

Rahul will meet Congress chief ministers to discuss the party's performance in the elections.

Gehlot said only Rahul, who is adamant on quitting as party president, can lead the party in the current scenario as his commitment towards the party and the country is uncompromised and unmatched.

"All chief ministers of Congress-ruled states will be meeting the Congress president Rahul Gandhi today at his residence to show our solidarity. Earlier also we all have stated that we are with Honble CP and we own the responsibility of the 2019 debacle.

"We firmly believe that only he can lead the party in the current scenario, his commitment towards the well being of our country and countrymen is uncompromised and unmatched," he said on Twitter.

Gehlot said the 2019 election was not a defeat of the programmes, policies and ideology of the Congress.

He said it was unfortunate that the BJP managed to hide its "huge failures" behind "fanatic nationalism" and with the help of enormous resources of the government machinery.