In a meeting presided over by former Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony, the Congress party said that Rahul Gandhi will its president.

The party on Wednesday said that the Congress Core Committee had been dissolved after the rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

The members of the core committee had met informally to discuss the coming Assembly elections in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi, who has said he wants to give up the presidency after the Congress defeat, did not attend the meeting. His mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi too did not attend as she is in Rae Bareli, from where she was elected to the Lok Sabha.

The Congress suffered a major debacle in the parliamentary election finishing with a total tally of 52 seats. Rahul Gandhi too had lost to BJP’s Smriti Irani in family stronghold Amethi.

Following the drub, Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from the post, but it was unanimously rejected by the Congress Working Committee (CWC).