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MP CM Kamal Nath skips Congress Working Committee meet

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skipped the Working Committee (CWC) meeting held here to assess the reasons behind the party's performance in the polls.

Sources in the said the was camping in to hold the party's flock together.

"He was preoccupied in and that is why he did not come," the sources said while accusing the BJP of being power hungry.

The party has been rattled in after losing 28 of the 29 seats in the state. The government enjoys a slim majority in the state assembly.

Several senior leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, former Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, former union ministers RPN Singh, PL Punia and P Chidambaram, Mallikarjun Kharge, and in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, were present at the meeting.

Vadra, the in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, was also present in the huddle, apart from and former chief minister

Congress Randeep Singh Surjewala, while addressing media after the CWC meeting, said offered to resign from his post following the party's debacle in the recently concluded elections, but the offer was "unanimously" rejected.

The CWC, sources said, took stock of the party's loss in Uttar Pradesh, the state which sends 80 members to the

Congress, despite extensive campaigning by and Priyanka Gandhi, was decimated to a single seat - Raebareli, represented by - in Rahul Gandhi, who was the from Amethi since 2004, lost to

The party put up a poor show in states like Madhya Pradesh, and where it had won the Assembly elections just five months ago.

In the 2014 general election, the Congress had won 44 seats, the lowest score in its history. It has improved its tally marginally by 8 to reach 52 seats in the 2019 polls.

Meanwhile, the chiefs of party units in states like Karnataka, and Odisha have offered to resign from their post accepting responsibility for Congress' poor performance.

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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 19:07 IST