CWC Meeting: Sonia Gandhi to continue as interim chief of Congress

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Updated: Aug 24, 2020 7:40 PM

Earlier, it was reported that the Congress was completely divided on the leadership issue with a section of leaders demanding complete restructuring of the party while some think that only a 'Gandhi' could keep the party united therefore Rahul Gandhi should take over if Sonia were to step down from the top post.

Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi

CWC Meeting: Sonia Gandhi will remain as interim president of Congress for now and the new chief will be elected within next six months, news agency ANI reported citing sources. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting has concluded after 7 hours. Speaking to ANI, CWC member KH Muniyappa said that Sonia Gandhi has to continue and the election will take place as soon as possible which is the unanimous decision of the working committee.

He further said that there was no difference in opinion on leadership and even Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasniik, Anand Sharma have given in writing that there was no dispute on leadership. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasniik, Anand Sharma were among the 23 signatories of the letter that asked for complete overhaul of the party ahead of the crucial CWC meet.

Earlier, it was reported that the Congress was completely divided on the leadership issue with a section of leaders demanding complete restructuring of the party while some think that only a ‘Gandhi’ could keep the party united therefore Rahul Gandhi should take over if Sonia were to step down from the top post.

Senior Congress leader PL Punia said that members expressed faith in Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and urged her to continue leading the party, she agreed. “Next meeting will be called soon, probably within 6 months, to elect a new chief. Till then, Sonia Gandhi agreed to remain interim president,” he said.

Punia further said that there is freedom (in the party) to express views but discussion should be held on party forum, not in public domain, members expressed concerns over it. “Sonia Gandhi ji said everyone is family and has to strengthen party together,” he added.

Senior Congress leader KC Venugopal said that the CWC noted that internal party issues cannot be deliberated through the media or public fora. He said the CWC urged and advised all concerned to raise such issues only in party fora.

“CWC makes it clear that no one will be or can be permitted to undermine or weaken the party and its leadership at this juncture. Responsibility of every congress worker and leader today is to fight pernicious assault on Indian democracy, pluralism and diversity by Modi government,” Venugopal said in a press conference.

Congress media in-charge Randeep Surjewala put out what Sonia Gandhi said in her concluding remarks at CWC, “We are a large family, we have differences on many occasions but in the end, we come together as one. The need of the hour is to fight for the cause of the people and forces that are failing this country,” said Sonia Gandhi as per Surjewala.

She also said that “organisational issues are always addressed and process of constitution and reconstitution is continuous one”. She also said she doesn’t hold any ill will or any other thought of any other nature against any colleague as she treats them as part of the family, Surjewala stated.

 

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