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HIGHLIGHTS: Congress appoints Sonia Gandhi Congress interim chief; CWC passes resolution on J&K

CWC Meeting 2019 Today Highlights: Sonia Gandhi was appointed as interim president after a marathon meeting on Satuday. Earlier, the names of Mukul Wasnik and Mallikarjun Kharge - both Dalit leaders - were doing the rounds for the post. This is for the second time that Sonia Gandhi will lead the party.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 11, 2019 4:06:59 am
CWC meeting LIVE UPDATES: Sonia Gandhi was named as Congress interim chief after a marathon CWC meet on Saturday.

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.

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CWC meeting Highlights: Congress appoints Sonia Gandhi as party's interim president Saturday. Follow latest updates.

01:10 (IST)11 Aug 2019
Sonia interim chief till the AICC elects a regular president

Senior Congress leaders including Shashi Tharoor and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh have welcomed the CWC decision to appoint Sonia as interim chief.

00:43 (IST)11 Aug 2019
Three resolutions passed in CWC meeting

The Congress Working Committee on 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. (PTI)

00:26 (IST)11 Aug 2019
This is for second time that Sonia will lead the party

Sonia Gandhi had taken over as president in 1998 and led the party to two victories in 2004 and 2019. After the debacle in Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, Rahul Gandhi had resigned from the top post. Though the CWC wanted to him to continue, the Gandhi scion remained firm on his decision. In today’s meeting of the top decision-making body of the party, it was widely expected that the party will choose a non-Gandhi chief.

00:20 (IST)11 Aug 2019
Reports of unrest emanating from J&K: Rahul

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today said that reports of unrest are emanating from Jammu and Kashmir. "Govt. has imposed a media & communications black out. I urge the Govt. to take urgent steps to ensure the safety of every citizen in J&K and to lift the veil of secrecy," he tweeted.

00:09 (IST)11 Aug 2019
Resolutions passed by Congress at CWC meet today

Here are the resolutions passed by Congress Working Committee at AICC HQ today

23:43 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Grateful to Sonia Gandhi for accepting request: Cong leader Anand Sharma

"We are all grateful to Sonia Gandhi for accepting the unanimous request of the CWC to be the Interim President of Congress, at this critical juncture when India faces numerous challenges," Congress leader Anand Sharma said in a tweet.

23:37 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Happy to see Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji back in the saddle: Amarinder

"Happy to see Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji back in the saddle. It was the best decision in the current circumstances. Her experience and understanding will help guide," said Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Twitter.

23:37 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Congratulations to CWC for making the best decision in current circumstances: Shashi Tharoor

"Congratulations to INC Working Committee for making the best decision in current circumstances, requesting Sonia Gandhi ji to take over as Interim President pending the election of a regular Pres by the AICC. Let elections allow Party workers to decide who should lead them," Tharoor said in a tweet.

23:31 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Punjab CM welcomes Sonia Gandhi's appointment as interim chief

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has welcomed the nomination of Sonia Gandhi as Congress interim president.

23:28 (IST)10 Aug 2019
'First resolution said that Rahul fought against forces of bigotry, hate and prejudice'

In the press briefing by Congress, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said that the first resolution that came after the CWC meet said that Rahul Gandhi fought against forces of bigotry, hate and prejudice.

The CWC places on record its profound sense of appreciation and gratitude for the exceptional leadership provided by Shri Rahul Gandhi as Congress President, it said. 

The resolution further stated that Rahul led the party with unbounded drive, fierce determination and dedication. He campaigned in the assembly and national elections with indefatigable energy. He stood up fearlessly on issues of day-to-day concern to kisans, khet mazdoors, workers, traders and small businesses, youth, women, minorities, dalits and adivasis and the weaker sections of our society. . He raised his voice boldly against the growing atmosphere of fear and intimidation in our country. These issues continue to be of significant relevance irrespective of the electoral verdict of May 2019, it stated.

23:25 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Watch: Congress press briefing after CWC meet underway

Watch: Congress press briefing after CWC meet underway. 

23:23 (IST)10 Aug 2019
CWC has acceped Rahul Gandhi's resignation as Congress chief

KC Venugopal: Congress Working Committee unanimously resolved that Rahul Gandhi should continue as Congress president & requested him to accept this decision, however, he declined to withdraw his resignation.

23:19 (IST)10 Aug 2019
CWC unanimously resolved to request Sonia to take over as Interim President


Congress general secretary, K C Venugopal, who was invited to speak on the issue by Surjewala, said that Congress Working Committee (CWC) has unanimously resolved to request Sonia Gandhi to take over as the Interim President, pending the election of a regular president by the AICC. (ANI)

23:16 (IST)10 Aug 2019
CWC meet over, Congress media briefing underway

As soon as the CWC meet ended, the Congress held a press briefing. In the party presser, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Rahul Gandhi has worked tirelessly for the party. Rahul gave the party a news energy and direction, he said. 

CWC has accepted Rahul Gandhi's resignation after he declined to continue as party chief, PTI reported.

23:02 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Sonia Gandhi appointed as interim Congress President

After a marathon CWC meet on Saturday, the Congress party appointed Sonia Gandhi as interim party president. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed the development while speking to media after the meeting.

22:25 (IST)10 Aug 2019
No decision on Congress chief: Party ends deliberation citing issues surrounding J&K

Congress stops deliberation on choosing the next chief for the party citing issues surround Jammu and Kashmir. Briefing the media, Rahul Gandhi said that the deliberations have been stopped owing to reports emanating from J&K. 

21:34 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Rahul Gandhi arrives at AICC HQ for CWC meet

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives at the AICC HQ for CWC meet. The meeting is being held to appoint the next chief of the grand old party. 

21:13 (IST)10 Aug 2019
CWC meeting underway at AICC HQ

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting underway at All India Congress Committee (AICC) office.

20:32 (IST)10 Aug 2019
Sonia, Priyanka Gandhi arrive for CWC meeting

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrive at All India Congress Committee (AICC) office for Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. 

20:23 (IST)10 Aug 2019
CWC members arrive for meeting to chose next party chief

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leaders AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia arrive at All India Congress Committee (AICC) office for Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. 

Rahul with Sonia Gandhi during the last Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

CWC meeting live updates: Congress to pick new president

The CWC meeting Saturday will take place amid a clear divergence of views between young leaders and the party’s old guard. And perhaps for the first time since Rahul resigned, Sonia Gandhi’s opinion was sought Friday by the senior leadership. Rahul, sources said, indulged in some “plain speaking” at the meeting, making in known that “leaders can slide away” but the party will not compromise on principles. Hours earlier, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha Bhubaneshwar Kalita joined the BJP.

Rahul asked leaders whether the Congress would have got more votes had it supported the Centre’s decision. He said this after many of those who attended the meeting spoke about public mood being in favour of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution and argued that the party could lose votes.

Many leaders spoke about the uncertainty that has gripped the party and asked him to continue as Congress president. He refused but told them not to worry, arguing that the next Congress chief will be in place within the next few days after wider consultations.

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