Congress decides to stay away from TV debates for a month


NEW DELHI: The Congress has decided not to send spokespersons for television debates for a month.


The new move comes after the party's debacle in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.

Congress communication in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala requested all media channels to not place any Congress representatives on their shows.

"INC India has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

"All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows," he added.

Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had decided to step down from the post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25.

He was ready to take the responsibility for the party’s dismal performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. However, this proposal was unanimously rejected by the CWC.

The Congress won 52 seats in the recent general elections.

On May 23, Prime Minister Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party bagged a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office.

The Bharathiya Janata Party had secured 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s tally along with that of its allies (NDA) has been pushed up to 352 in the 17th Lok Sabha.

The Lok Sabha polls commence on April 11 and completed on May 19.

Voting for the 542 Lok Sabha seats were held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

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