Rahul is likely to speak to the media along with his mother and party chief this afternoon on the election results. The duo had earlier addressed media jointly at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters after the drubbing of Congress in assembly polls in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
    
Amid reports that the Congress plans to insulate Rahul from the blame for the party's widely predicted defeat, party general secretary Digvijay Singh said that no Congress leader including the party vice-president has taken any shield in any circumstance.
    
"We can take victory and defeat in the same spirit," he said.

"Wait for tomorrow" was his repeated assertion when asked whether Rahul will take responsibility for whatever be the outcome of this Lok Sabha election results.
    
"He has never taken shelter against any adversity. Therefore, I absolutely rule out that he will be hiding behind the screen," he said.
    
When asked whether the results could put up a question mark on Rahul's leadership, Digvijay said, "Let the results come out. The party will do introspection. The party shall take a call. He is number 2 in the party. Congress president is the leader."
    
Rahul was conspicuous by his absence at the farewell dinner hosted by Sonia at her official 10, Janpath residence, giving ammunition to opposition parties who attacked him for ‘insulting’ the Prime Minister, a charge which was stoutly denied by senior Congress leaders.
    
Congress leader Ajay Maken had earlier said, "After three months of grueling campaigning, Rahul is out of town for two days. (He) will be back tomorrow. Rahul had already met the Honourable Prime Minister on May 10 to personally thank him for his services and contribution rendered to the nation."

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(JPN/Agencies)

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