Sonia Gandhi Picked as Congress Interim President

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday named UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as the party’s interim chief after a day long meeting.

The move came after Rahul Gandhi once again rejected its unanimous appeal to reconsider his resignation. The CWC arrived at the decision after discussing reports of five groups, formed earlier in the day, and scrutinising the names of Rahul Gandhi’s potential successor.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi recused themselves from the process, saying they cannot be part of the consultations as they have been Congress presidents and would not like the opinion of the party leaders to be influenced in any manner.

At 11 am, the Congress’ top brass, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, party general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ahmed Patel, AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram, went into a huddle at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters.

The CWC decided to consult leaders from across the country and it was divided into five groups for different regions – northeast, east, north, west and south.

Source : Various