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India election

India’s Congress party woes escalate after election debacle

Leadership crisis at top comes amid infighting and defections at regional level

It is unclear if Rahul Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, has both the will and the desire to continue as party leader. He offered his resignation following the recent national elections, but the move was rejected by senior party leaders.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's oldest political party is increasingly grappling with internal discord and defections after it was crushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in recent national elections.

As the opposition Indian National Congress confronts one of its biggest crises since the country gained independence from Britain in 1947, Rahul Gandhi, the party's president, offered his resignation following the humiliating defeat, a move that was quickly rejected by senior party leaders.

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