Sonia named interim Cong chief

Sonia named interim Cong chief
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi during Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, at AICC HQ in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI, AUG 10 | Publish Date: 8/10/2019 11:38:15 AM IST


Sonia Gandhi was named interim Congress president on Saturday, returning at the helm after almost 20 months.

The announcement was made Saturday night after Congress Working Committee (CWC) accepted Rahul Gandhi’s resignation during its second meeting of the day.

A number of leaders, including state chiefs and MPs, backed Rahul Gandhi to continue on the post despite his refusal to reconsider his resignation. However, he did not budge from his stand of quitting as party chief. The CWC then decided to name Sonia Gandhi as the interim party chief.

CWC Saturday passed three resolutions on Rahul Gandhi’s contribution as party chief, Sonia Gandhi being appointed interim chief till the AICC elects a regular president, and on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. According to one of the resolutions, the CWC unanimously resolved to request Sonia Gandhi to take over as interim chief pending the election of a regular president by the AICC.

Rahul Gandhi was requested to accept stay on as party chief, however, he declined to withdraw his resignation, it said. 

The first resolution said that the CWC places on record its profound sense of appreciation and gratitude for the exceptional leadership provided by Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. “Rahul Gandhi led the party with unbounded drive, fierce determination and dedication,” another resolution said.

“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.

A third resolution on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was also adopted by the Congress’ top decision-making body, Congress general secretary organisation K C Venugopal and party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced. “After thorough deliberations, CWC passed a resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to take back his resignation but he declined it politely saying accountability should begin from him first...,” said party’s communication department chief Randeep Surjewala. 

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