CWC Meeting Highlights: The Congress party failed to reach a consensus on a non-Gandhi president and banked on Sonia Gandhi to lead the party which has hit its lowest ebb. After a day-long marathon meeting of the Congress Working Committee, Sonia Gandhi was appointed as interim president, indicating that the party could not look beyond the Gandhi family. Rahul Gandhi had resigned as president after the Lok Sabha election in May. Earlier, the names of Mukul Wasnik and Mallikarjun Kharge – both Dalit leaders – were doing the rounds for the post.
Soon after the CWC meet got over today, the party held a press briefing in which party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and AICC general secretary KC Venugopal spoke on resolutions taken in the CWC meeting. Congress also expressed concerns over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370. Former party chief Rahul Gandhi spoke to media after the meeting today and urged the government to lift the “veil of secrecy” from the Valley.
Earlier, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi refused to participate in the consultation process to zero in on the next party chief. After holding talks during the crucial meeting at the AICC headquarters in Delhi, Sonia said as former presidents of the party, the mother-son duo cannot participate in the process. “We cannot be part of this process,” Sonia Gandhi said after she recused herself from the deliberations.