After a long second meeting, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously elected Sonia Gandhi as the interim president of the Congress, on Saturday, 10 August.
Congress Working Committee unanimously names Smt. Sonia Gandhi as Interim President. pic.twitter.com/pqoZKZchqe— Congress (@INCIndia) August 10, 2019
The decision was announced after Rahul Gandhi once again refused to take back his resignation from the post of the party head.
"The CWC unanimously resolved to request Sonia Gandhi to take over as the interim president, pending the election of a regular president by the AICC," party leader KC Venugopal said during a press briefing.
Earlier during the day, after the first round of consultations held by the CWC to arrive at a consensus party president, Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said that Rahul Gandhi refused to withdraw his resignation, even though the committee spoke in one voice and asked him to continue as party president.
"“All leaders unanimously said that they want the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. CWC members also emphasised upon Rahul Gandhi that the current BJP government is subjugating the Constitution. They also said that democracy is in danger and in such a situation the voice of a strong opposition needs to be heard. But he said that his decision to not withdraw his resignation is final.”" - Randeep Surjewala, Spokesperson, Congress
Surjewala had further added that the CWC, in accordance with the wishes of Rahul Gandhi, has divided itself into five zonal groups, each of which will meet today to discuss the probable names for party president. Their views will then be discussed at the second round of the CWC meeting to be held at 8 pm today.
Earlier in the day, after attending the CWC meeting for a brief period, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi told ANI that she and Rahul Gandhi would not be a part of the consultation process. “There is a process of consultation and naturally, Rahul and myself, we cannot be a part of that consultation.”
While Sonia Gandhi’s name was in the Eastern Zonal Committee, Rahul Gandhi’s name was present in the Western Zonal Committee. When asked about her and Rahul’s name being present in the list of members holding the consultative process, the UPA Chairperson said “obviously, it’s a mistake.”
Those present in the meeting included Randeep Surjewala, KC Venugopal, Harish Rawat, Meira Kumar and Ahmed Patel, among others.
Earlier, reports had suggested that Mukul Wasnik, a non-Gandhi, was in contention to become the interim president of the Congress.
(With inputs from PTI)
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