Congress president Rahul Gandhi may have locked himself inside his house for two days as his party leaders rejected his offer to quit as party chief, after his party’s crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (His offer came a day after the results, handing his party just 52 seats against 303 for the BJP). But within a week time, he seems to have given in to the pressure to continue.
On June 1, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the 52 Lok Sabha members of his party would work like “a pride of brave hearted lions” to protect the Constitution and institutions. He also warned that the BJP would have no walk over in Parliament.
Earlier, Sonia Gandhi, after being elected as Congress Parliamentary Party leader, praised her son for leading a valiant election campaign in “the hardest election” amidst “unprecedented hostility” from the ruling dispensation. She also attributed the success in the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.
Has Sonia Gandhi succeeded in prevailing upon her son to stick to the chair, against all advice by analysts, including journalists, sympathetic to the Gandhi family?