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Decision on Congress chief today: sources

NEW DELHI, AUG 9 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/9/2019 11:21:45 AM IST

A new Congress president will be chosen when the party’s top decision-making body (Congress Working Committee) meets Saturday, sources said on Friday after a meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s home. 

Mukul Wasnik has emerged as the front runner for the post left vacant after Rahul Gandhi quit in May, owning responsibility for the party’s national election debacle. A non-Gandhi may be party president for the first time in two decades as the Congress Working Committee meets tomorrow. 59-year-old Mukul Wasnik, a former minister with much administrative experience, is expected to take charge at least till the organizational elections. The Congress Working Committee will formally thank Rahul Gandhi for his role as president, the sources said, indicating that the party had officially given up attempts to persuade the 49-year-old to withdraw his resignation. According to sources, Mukul Wasnik is seen as a strong choice to repair the Congress’s organizational weaknesses with his long administrative record.

 

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