Congress Working Committee (CWC) Meeting Updates: After a seven-hour-long stormy CWC meeting on Monday, senior Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala briefed the media on the resolution adopted by the panel in the meeting. In the resolution, CWC hailed Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for being the “two voices” in the forefront of exposing central government’s “inadequate responses” to the crises the nation faced in the past six months. “The CWC, reflecting the overwhelming view and desire of the rank and file of the Congress, unanimously resolved to strengthen the hands of Smt Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi in every possible way,” the resolution read.
Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim Congress president till a new chief is elected in an AICC session, which will be convened as and when the situation permits, the party decided at the end the meeting. In her concluding remarks, Gandhi said she did not hold anything against those who have written the letter to her. “Let’s move ahead,” she is learnt to have said. Gandhi had, in the meeting, offered to quit the post asking the committee to initiate the process of electing a new chief to the party.
Hours after high drama unfolded in Congress Working Committee meeting over Rahul Gandhi’s purported remark, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad clarified that Gandhi never said the letter by 23 party leaders was written at behest of or in collusion with BJP. Congress leader Kapil Sibal had also expressed displeasure over former president Rahul Gandhi’s purported remark that the 23 dissident leaders, who had written to interim chief Sonia Gandhi on the leadership crisis, were “colluding with BJP”. However, the senior advocate later withdrew his statement following a clarification from Rahul.