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New Delhi:

Following the defeat faced in the recent Lok Sabha polls and the prevailing uncertainty in the party leadership, the Congress has decided not to send any spokesmen for television debates. Party’s media chief Randeep Surjewala, on Thursday, has announced that no spokesperson from the Congress will participate in television debates for a month. Surjewala also requested media channels to not place any of their 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”, Surjewala tweeted.

It is conceived that this decision comes after the crisis formed in the party as its leadership still lies in confusion. However, the senior leaders of the party have for now convinced Rahul Gandhi to continue as the party chief until a suitable replacement is found. But, Congress leaders say the gag is meant to give the party time to sort out its mess and understand what went wrong, away from constant media speculation. Also, the party doesn’t want to be seen criticizing the BJP or Narendra Modi in debates, say sources.

The Congress was wiped out in 18 states and union territories and couldn’t win even in the states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where it won in December. Rahul Gandhi’s defeat in his traditional Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh also made the party languid.

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