Sonia Gandhi, President of the United Progressive Alliance, was the leader of 52 Congressional legislators in Lok Sabha on Saturday.
The announcement was made at the parliamentary Congressional Party meeting one week after President Rahul Gandhi announcing that he was leaving office following severe drubbing at the recent general elections, which saw the 352 of the 542 seats polled in the Narendra Modi-led NDA storming to power.
The newly elected Lok Sabha Congress MPs met before the parliamentary session on 17 June.
Surjewala quoted in another tweet Congressman Rahul Gandhi as saying that, “Every Member of Congress must remember that you all are fighting for the Constitution, for every individual in India regardless of the color of his skin or belief. ‘”
Surjewala quoted in another tweet Congressman Rahul Gandhi as saying that, “Every Member of Congress must remember that you all are fighting for the Constitution, for every individual in India regardless of the color of his skin or belief.
Gandhi was suspicious of continuing his leadership, even when Congressmen were demonstrating in several cities throughout the country, to urge him to rethink his decision to leave the elections in Lok Sabha.
It was Saturday, the first time since the CWC meeting of 25 May that Gandhi had interacted with the party leaders.
Rahul Gandhi met on Tuesday with Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala, Chief Speaker of the party.
He did not meet with the chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, and his deputy, Mr Sachin Pilot, who were residing in Tughlaq Lane at his 12 residence in order to meet Uttar Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, his sister and the general secretary of the Congress.
Rahul Gandhi met Delhi Congressman Sheila Dikshit, who had held a sit-in outside his home, together with other party colleagues and staff, to urge him to reconsider his offer of resignation. She transmitted the message by one of his assistants.
But the president of Congress went to Twitter to congratulate Naven Patnaik for his record fifth term in office as Odisha’s chief minister. “An unbelievable accomplishment in fact. I wish him and the Odisha people my best,” he tweeted.
A number of units, such as Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, have passed decisions urging Rahul Gandhi to remain on this issue.