CWC meeting Updates: After hours of meeting, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) late on Saturday night decided to appoint Sonia Gandhi as the interim president of the party. Here selection as the interim chief means that she will continue to stay at the helm of the party till a new president is chosen. The decision was taken keeping in mind of a couple of state elections that are lined up in the coming months. Before the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as the party chief, Sonia Gandhi had been the party president for close to 19 years.
A number of names were doing rounds the entire day. Starting from Priyanka Gandhi to Mukul Wasnik to Sachin Pilot, a number of names were coming up as to who will be party’s next chief. The day saw two rounds of CWC meeting. The first was in the morning, when the decision to form a number of groups to deliberate on the issue. While Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi came out of the meeting in the morning, saying they should not be part of the prcess, both were present in the meeting during the evening
Rahul Gandhi held a meeting earlier in the with party state unit chiefs and leaders of its state legislature parties, along with its general secretaries and in-charges on Friday and told them that the name of the new party chief will be announced in the next few days after wider consultations. “I am happy that the Congress is under pressure and this will jolt the Congress into action,” Rahul Gandhi reportedly told the Congress leaders during the meeting.
He had quit the Congress president post following the humiliating loss in the Lok Sabha elections. Congress could manage to win just 52 seats.