The meeting of the CWC, the party's apex decision making body, has been convened on May 19 even as questions were being raised over the leadership of Rahul Gandhi as well as the over-all election strategy of the party, besides the performance of the UPA-II government led by Manmohan Singh.

Sonia and Rahul issued statements to the media on Friday after the results were declared. The duo not only accepted the defeat but also congratulated Narendra Modi-led BJP for the splendid performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

“I want to congratulate the new government," said Sonia, refraining from naming the BJP or Narendra Modi, who is set to become the next Prime Minister.

"I want to thank the people for their votes, and as president of the party I accept responsibility for its defeat," she added.

Rahul Gandhi, who appeared to have a fixed smile on his face, also congratulated the BJP.

"They have been given the mandate by the people. I want to wish them the best," Rahul said.

"The Congress has done pretty badly, and there is a lot to think about. As vice-president, I take responsibility for the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha polls," he added.

Upset over the Congress’ dismal show in the general election, both mother and son refused to entertain any question from the media.

(JPN)

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