Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, where he is leading.
Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress party, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening for his spectacular re-election and asked him to "take care of the interests of the country"; the 48-year-old also conceded defeat in Amethi, asking political opponent and BJP leader Smrithi Irani to "nurture with love" the constituency that has been with his family for four decades.
Mr Gandhi has reportedly offered to resign as President of the Congress, though the party is unlikely to accept. When asked about this, he told NDTV "Can this be between me and the Working Committee (the party's top decision-making body?"
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His defeat in Amethi to Smriti Irani, who has contested the Gandhi bastion only once earlier, screenshots the extent of the decline of both the Congress and the appeal of its First Family. As one party leader, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "We need reinvention, not introspection." However, as many rebutted, this too is a promise the Congress has made before.-ndtv