Surjewala said that the party will fulfil its role of a strong Opposition.
"We need Rahul Gandhi to guide us in these challenging times," Surjewala told media persons. He also said that Congress has humbly accepted the people's mandate and will continue to work for the welfare of the nation.
At the CWC meet, Congress leaders also passed a resolution authorising Gandhi to restructure the party.
Commenting on the party's performance in the elections, senior party leader AK Antony said, "I don't agree that this was a disastrous performance but we were not able to rise to the expectation. We can't reach a conclusion at such short notice."
Following the rout in the 2019 elections, Congress' Uttar Pradesh and Odisha state chiefs and its campaign committee head in Karnataka have resigned, taking full responsibility for the crushing defeat. Congress' Amethi district chief, Yogendra Misra, has also put in his papers after Gandhi lost the Congress's ancient stronghold to BJP's Smriti Irani.
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