The Congress on Thursday refuted reports about Kamal Nath stepping down as Madhya Pradesh party president after the party's loss in the recent assembly election to the BJP. Earlier, there were indications of Kamal Nath resigning from the role.
Significantly, Nath had discussions with Congress party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and other senior leaders in Delhi on Tuesday.
In the recent Madhya Pradesh election, the Congress suffered a defeat against the ruling BJP, securing only 66 seats out of the 230 assembly seats. The BJP emerged victorious with 163 seats, dominating the polls held on November 17.
Following the Congress' electoral setback, Kamal Nath encouraged party members not to be disheartened by the results. Instead, he urged them to regroup, stay focused, and prepare for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections just a few months away. To inspire party workers, Nath referenced the significant setback the Congress faced in the post-Emergency 1977 Lok Sabha polls.
“We have lost this (assembly) election, but I remember that in 1977 also we lost (Lok Sabha polls) more badly than this. At that time, our top leaders like Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, too, lost," the former MP CM had said.
"It looked like the entire atmosphere was against the Congress. But we got united and entered the poll arena. After three years elections were held and the party won more than 300 seats and Indira Gandhi formed a full majority government," he went on to add, as per PTI.