Sonia Gandhi to be interim Congress president

Sonia Gandhi to be interim Congress president

Sonia Gandhi to be interim Congress president

"You have suddenly come up with this idea".

Hooda said the party will be further strengthened under her able leadership.

Congress Working Committee decided that a wider consultation is required, as wished by Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi, with the leaders of the CLP, with the Presidents of the State Congress Party, with AICC Secretaries, with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs so that a comprehensive view on the next President comes forward in a democratic fashion.

Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Sunday said dynasty politics was rejected in the last general elections, but the Congress did not learn from it and still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party.

"But she was convinced after a number of them told her that the party will split if the Gandhi family leaves the helm at this crucial juncture", the leader added. The second meeting ended at around 11 p.m.

Congress Party seems to be still struggling. After repeated pleas, she agreed to accept the job only till a regular president was elected. What is more disappointing is that there is no light even at the end of the tunnel for the party.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Sonia Gandhi is the new Congress President".

This morning, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had excused themselves from the zonal meetings, saying they can not be part of the selection process.

Narayanasamy told reporters, "I told them that Rahul Gandhi should continue as AICC president".

Addressing media, Congress national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "The CWC unanimously appealed to Rahul Gandhi to lead the party as he is the best person for the top post at a time when the BJP-led government is assaulting democracy and undermining peoples' rights".

The 49-year-old Rahul Gandhi, who was seeking to become the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become prime minister, quit in July after the latest big loss at the polls in the April-May elections.

The five groups held discussions through the day and submitted reports to the CWC, which met again at 8.30pm.

The Nehru-Gandhi family has had a firm grip over the Congress for decades, starting from Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, his daughter and later Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, her son and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then his widow Sonia Gandhi - before the baton was passed on to Rahul Gandhi.

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