Mumbai: In its first meeting after the party’s disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha polls, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee today chose not to touch the leadership change issue.
The Congress won only two of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while the party bagged a mere 44 of the total 543 Lok Sabha seats, its worst ever performance. Party sources said senior leaders of the state Congress had opted to wait for the outcome of the Congress Working Committee meeting being held in New Delhi today.
The state Congress committee meeting, called by state party President Manikrao Thakre, was attended by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Mumbai Congress President Janardan Chandurkar.
The meeting lasted for less than an hour, and no office bearers other than Thakre, Chavan, and Chandurkar were given a chance to speak, sources said. “Party President Sonia Gandhi has earlier stated that we humbly accept the verdict given by the people in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee expresses confidence in the All India Congress leadership,” Thakre said in a press conference following the meeting.
The Congress will hold district-level meetings of Members of Legislative Assembly, Members of Parliament, and former parliamentarians on May 21, 22, and 23 to review the Lok Sabha election results, Thakre added.
Later, Members of Parliament, former Members of Parliament, and state government ministers will issue a new party programme in view of the Assembly elections, he said.