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.

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.