The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday ‘unanimously’ rejected party president Rahul Gandhi’s offer to step down and urged him to overhaul the party.
Rahul Gandhi, 48, told the Congress Working Committee, which consists of 52 members, that he would like to exit as its top boss nearly a year and a half after he took the job from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who was seated next to him at the meeting that ran four hours.
"We have to continue our fight. I am and will remain a disciplined soldier of the Congress and continue to fight fearlessly. But I do not want to remain the party president," Mr Gandhi reportedly said.
"If not you, then who," Congress leaders reportedly protested. When Priyanka Gandhi's name came up, Mr Gandhi reportedly said: "Don't drag my sister into it."
He added: "It is not necessary that the president should be from Gandhi family."