Congress party President Sonia Gandhi (R) and Vice President Rahul Gandhi attend the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi on May 19, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH)
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Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Monday offered to step down as leaders of India's Congress party after it suffered its worst ever election defeat, but in a bid to snuff out dissent against the country's leading political dynasty, party bosses declined.Rather than single out the Gandhis, who led a lacklustre campaign in the face of Modi's barnstorming performance, Congress leaders facing at least five years in opposition rallied around the family.Congress leaders adopted a resolution authorizing Sonia to take steps to revamp the party.Congress won 44 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament – less than the one-tenth required to be recognized as the main opposition group.A source in the Congress said that Sonia offered her resignation as soon as the meeting began.
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