After an embarrassing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Thursday decided not to send spokespersons on television debates for a month.
The decision was announced by party’s communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala who also urged media channels and editors to not place Congress representatives on their shows.
.@INCIndia has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month.
All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 30, 2019
This comes days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) sacked its panel of leaders who appeared on TV channels after the polls.
A day after the Lok Sabha results, SP President Akhilesh Yadav said that no channel should invite any of its leaders for debates.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi will take oath for his second consecutive term on Thursday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Exactly a week ago, on May 23, results of the Lok Sabha Election 2019 were declared, giving BJP a historic mandate to return to power with full majority. While the BJP bagged 303 seats, the party-led National Democratic Alliance won 352 of the total 542 seats that went to polls.
It was a humiliating defeat for the Congress which could claim only 52 seats following which party president Rahul Gandhi offered to tender his resignation during a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body of the party, on Saturday but it was unanimously rejected.
Rahul Gandhi has met only a few party leaders since Saturday apart from his mother Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.