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Congress brings back Sonia Gandhi to lead for now

Congress brings back Sonia Gandhi to lead for now”

Sonia Gandhi was back at the helm of the party on Saturday after a day-long marathon meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the party's highest decision making body.

The second resolution talked about how all the Congress leaders again unanimously resolved that Rahul Gandhi should continue as President and after failing to do so requested Sonia Gandhi to become provisional President which she reluctantly agreed to. They left the party office soon after the CWC meet finished.

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.

As the Congress Working Committee (CWC) prepared to meet again in the evening after its two-hour meeting in the morning, the five sub-groups formed region-wise to choose a successor to Rahul Gandhi in unison came up with his name.

Gandhi reportedly told the CWC that his decision to not withdraw his resignation was final adding that he will continue to work with full force along with Congress leaders and workers to take on the 'might of this government'. "Rahul Gandhi's instinctive moral compass is evident from the manner in which he has taken personal responsibility for the disappointing performance of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, thereby setting new standards of accountability in public life", it said.

Several Congress leaders such Shashi Tharoor have sounded a warning for the party, saying that the delay in selecting the new Congress chief is harming the party. Though veteran leader Mukul Wasnik has emerged as the frontrunner for the post, Mr Gandhi wants broader consultations before a decision is made, sources said.

However, a senior party leader said that the name of a new Congress chief will be finalised on Sunday. Some even told Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to prevail upon Rahul to reconsider his May 25 resignation, the sources said. "Sonia Gandhi also felt that her presence is not required for assimilation of this democratic process so that the democratic process remains transparent and uninfluenced and that is why both of them chose to recuse".

Earlier, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that Sonia Gandhi is the "new Congress President".

Last month in the southern state of Karnataka the defection of more than a dozen legislators from the ruling Congress-led coalition paved the way for Modi's BJP to form a government. "Each and every Congressman and woman looks to him for continued support and guidance", the CWC said.

"Wasnik's name, Scindia and Kharge's names were discussed, but hardly one per cent of party leaders were in agreement".

On the process of how the new leader was elected, Surjewala had said, "Congress Working Committee accordingly divided itself into five groups". With elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana coming up, the party is hoping to resolve the leadership issue quickly and move forward.



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