New Delhi: Uttar
Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Friday met Congress
President Sonia Gandhi and offered to resign owning moral responsibility
for the poll debacle.
After meeting Gandhi for the first time
after the poll results, Joshi told reporters that she has owned the
responsibility for the defeat and offered to step down.
that the Congress President will decide on the issue in due course.
about the reasons for the party's crushing defeat in the Assembly polls,
Joshi said that there were reasons for it and party leaders will sit down
and take stock of.
Joshi had said yesterday that the whole party
cadre was collectively responsible for the debacle and it was wrong to
engage in blame game at this moment when the party is in crisis in the
On the day the results were out, Digvijay Singh, party
general secretary in-charge of UP, is learnt to have offered to resign. He
was, however, evasive on the issue, saying it was between him and the
Rahul Gandhi has already accepted
responsibility for the party's poor showing in UP, even though Congress
leaders have made frantic attempts to insulate him from the UP results,
saying Gandhi created the wave, which a leader is supposed to, and it was
for the cadres and local leaders to turn the wave into votes.
Congress had finished fourth in the elections during which Rahul Gandhi
had led from the front and the party could secure only 28 seats.
in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the pocketboroughs of Gandhi family, the results
were a shocker to the party as it managed to win only two of the ten
assembly seats. The Parliamentary seats are represented by Rahul Gandhi
and Sonia Gandhi.