Rahul Gandhi Applies For Leave To 'Reflect', Mom Sonia Grants It

23/02/2015 3:27 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
India’s ruling Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi displays the victory symbol as he addresses an election campaign in Amethi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Gandhi, heir to the country's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, is leading the struggling party's campaign in the general election. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

New Delhi — Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has gone on a sabbatical "for a few weeks" to reflect upon recent events and the future of the party that was completely wiped out in the Delhi Assembly elections capping a string of losses.

Rahul has been "granted leave of absence for a few weeks after which he will return and resume his active participation in the affairs of the Congress party", party sources said.

They said he has "requested Congress President Sonia Gandhi for some time to reflect on recent events and future course of the party".

He believes that the direction that the party adopts at the upcoming AICC session will be of crucial importance for its future and he wishes to prepare for it, the sources said.

Congress has been performing badly at the hustings, which started with the Lok Sabha elections last year and continued in the Assembly elections in various states including Delhi recently.

The debacle in Delhi, where Congress failed to get even one seat in the 70-member House, was more stunning as the party had ruled the state for 15 years till December 2013.

The AICC session is expected in early April and media reports have suggested that Rahul could be made the party chief on that occasion.

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