The Indian National Congress, on Monday, issued a general statement in which the party has requested media and various other agencies to respect the sanctity and privacy of the working of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

The statement follows the incessant rumours about the resignation of Rahul Gandhi from the post of the party president and also of other senior leaders in various states.

“Congress party expects everyone, including media, to respect the sanctity of a closed door meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). Various conjectures, speculations, insinuations, assumptions, gossip and rumour mongering in a section of the media is uncalled for and unwarranted,” read the statement as quoted by ANI.

“The CWC held a collective deliberation on the performance of the party, the challenges before it, as also the way ahead, instead of casting aspersions on the role or conduct of any specific individual,” said the statement.

There have been a plethora of reports about the stepping down of Rahul Gandhi from the Congress party’s presidentship following the drubbing it received in the just concluded national elections in which it could win only 52 seats, just eight more than its 2014 tally of 44.

On May 23, when the results for Lok Sabha elections 2019 were announced, Rahul Gandhi had conceded defeat and owned the responsibility for the party’s abysmal show.

Rahul Gandhi had also lost from Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, a Gandhi-family bastion since 1980, to BJP’s Smriti Irani.

The Congress chief, however, managed to enter the Parliament with a record victory from Kerala’s Wayanad.