Sonia Gandhi named interim Congress chief after CWC meeting

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New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has finally ended Congress’s leadership dilemma by selecting Sonia Gandhi as the interim Congress chief till the time regular elections are held.

Prior to this, the CWC also accepted Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as the leader refused to continue as the party’s chief.

The announcement was made late on Saturday night by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s topmost body.

A number of leaders, including state chiefs and MPs, backed Rahul Gandhi to continue in the post despite his refusal to reconsider his resignation. However, after the failed attempts the committee finally decided to nominate Sonia Gandhi as the party’s interim chief.

The decision to appoint Sonia Gandhi as interim president was made after a marathon meeting of the CWC, which arrived at the decision after discussing reports of five groups, formed earlier in the day, and scrutinising the names of Rahul Gandhi’s potential successor.

Earlier, both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had recused themselves from the process, saying they cannot be part of the consultations as they have been Congress presidents in the past.

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