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CWC meet Updates: Sonia Gandhi appointed as interim Congress chief; Rahul Gandhi refused to reconsider resignation, says senior leader

CWC meet Updates: The first phase of the Congress Working Committee meeting has ended, and is likely to resume at 8.30 pm on Saturday.

FP Staff August 10, 2019 23:08:42 IST
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CWC meet Updates: Sonia Gandhi appointed as interim Congress chief; Rahul Gandhi refused to reconsider resignation, says senior leader
  • The new Congress president will be appointed within the next few days after consultations with the state leaders of the party, sources said

  • Rahul Gandhi told Congress leaders that the new party chief would be appointed within the next few days after wider consultations

  • A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be held on Saturday morning to select the new party chief, after Gandhi quit the post

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12:55 (ist)

Rahul and I can't be part of consultation process, says Sonia

UPA chairperson and Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday reportedly left the Congress Working Committee meeting which has gathered with the purpose of deliberating and appointing a new president of the party. Outgoing president Rahul Gandhi also left the meeting, according to ANI.

Sonia said, "We will not be a part of the consultation process (to decide next party chief) and that is why we are leaving." Rahul, ever since he resigned from the post of the party chief two months ago, has insisted that the next leader of the party should not be from the Gandhi family.

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Aug 10, 2019 - 23:26 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi led Congress fearlessly, say Randeep Surjewala, KC Venugopal in press conference


Following the meeting held at the party headquarters today, Randeep Surjewala and KC Venugopal said in a press conference that the CWC adopted three resolutions.

In one resolution, CWC held in high regard Rahul Gandhi’s service to the organisation. Reading out the resolution, Vnugopal said that Rahul led the party fearlessly and brought modernity to the organisation.

In the second resolution, the CWC urged Rahul to withdraw his resignation, but he refused. The discussion on finding his replacement were held with CWC leaders, senior state leaders, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, among others.

In the third resolution, Sonia Gandhi was appointed as the interim party chief, till a full-time chief is appointed.

Aug 10, 2019 - 23:18 (IST)

Full-time chief to be chosen after internal polls, said senior Congress leader PL Punia

Aug 10, 2019 - 22:58 (IST)

Sonia Gandhi appointed as interim Congress chief, Ghulam Nabi Azad tells reporters


Rahul Gandhi's resignation has been accepted and his good work as been kept on record, leaders tell reporters outside the party headquarters after the CWC meeting. She was appointed after Rahul Gandhi did not agree to take charge as the party chief despite requests by Pradesh Congress Committee chiefs.

Aug 10, 2019 - 22:31 (IST)

Called to CWC meeting to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir situation, says Rahul Gandhi


The meeting to choose the next Congress president was stopped and Rahul Gandhi was summoned as reports about the worsening situation in Jammu and Kashmir came, the former party chief said. “There have been reports of violence and death. We discussed what was going on in Jammu and Kashmir. It is very important that Prime Minister Narendra modi and Centre must clarify on what is happening in the union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir,” he told reporters outside the party headquarters.

He also said that the CWC meeting to choose his successor is still going on. 

Aug 10, 2019 - 21:35 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi arrives at AICC headquarters

Aug 10, 2019 - 21:33 (IST)

The leadership crisis has arisen in the Congress ahead of apcoming polls in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana

Aug 10, 2019 - 21:31 (IST)

Five consultation groups within party to present report before CWC


During the meeting that began after 8 pm at the AICC headquarters, five consultation groups will place their final reports before the CWC. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said several leaders who could not make it to New Delhi have been consulted over phone.

Five groups of for different regions -- northeast, east, north, west and south - were formed for consultations. The CWC group for the northeast region included top party leaders such as Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat. The group for eastern region included AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, ex-Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and former Union minister Kumari Selja.

The northern region group included Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia and P Chidambaram. The western region group was has leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony and Motilal Vora. The group for the southern region included Manmohan Singh, Anand Sharma and Mukul Wasnik.
 

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy were also part of the consultation process.

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Aug 10, 2019 - 21:22 (IST)

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is now underway at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in Delhi

Aug 10, 2019 - 21:09 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi yet to arrive for the CWC meeting


The Congress leader is set to visit his Lok Sabha constitiuency Wayanad on Sunday, where floods have wreaked havoc.

Aug 10, 2019 - 21:04 (IST)
List of previous AICC presidents
 
  • Indira Gandhi (1978–84)
  • Rajiv Gandhi (1985–91)
  • P. V. Narasimha Rao (1991–96)
  • Sitaram Kesri (1996–98)
  • Sonia Gandhi (1998–2017)
  • Rahul Gandhi (2017–2019)

CWC meet Latest Updates: Sonia Gandhi has been appointed the interim Congress chief. In a press conference, Randeep Surjewala and KC Venugopal appreciated Rahul Gandhi services t othe party and said he refused to withdraw his resignationThe first phase of the Congress Working Committee meeting has ended, and is likely to resume at 8.30 pm on Saturday. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said, "We will meet again at 8.30 pm, and it (name of new party chief) is expected to be finalized by 9 pm today itself."

UPA chairperson and Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday reportedly left the Congress Working Committee meeting which has gathered with the purpose of deliberating and appointing a new president of the party. Outgoing president Rahul Gandhi also left the meeting, according to ANI.

Sonia said, "We will not be a part of the consultation process (to decide next party chief) and that is why we are leaving." Rahul, ever since he resigned from the post of the party chief two months ago, has insisted that the next leader of the party should not be from the Gandhi family.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest executive body, will start the formal process of finding a replacement for outgoing president Rahul Gandhi and constitute five groups to represent the different geographical regions.

The new Congress president will be appointed within the next few days after consultations with the state leaders of the party, sources said on Friday, ahead of the crucial CWC meeting.

The top Congress leadership held a meeting with its state unit chiefs and leaders of its state legislature parties, along with its general secretaries and in-charges, where they were told by Rahul Gandhi that there was nothing to worry as regards the selection of the new party chief, who would be appointed within the next few days after wider consultations, the sources said.

Rahul Gandhi also told the leaders that he was happy to note that the party was under pressure to select its new chief and drew an analogy with a tiger, which maintained its ferocity under pressure. "I am happy that the Congress is under pressure and this will jolt the Congress into action," Gandhi is learnt to have told the party leaders.

A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be held on Saturday morning to select the new party chief, after Gandhi quit the post.

The sources said the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chiefs, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders and departmental heads present at the meeting were told to hold back till Saturday for consultations on the selection of the new party chief.

The party general secretaries, in-charges and other CWC members would be asked to hold consultations in groups with PCC chiefs, CLP leaders and departmental heads separately and come out with a consensus as regards the name of the new Congress president, they added.

One of the PCC chiefs from a northern state told the meeting that certain names doing the rounds for the party president's post were being propped up by vested corporate interests, the sources said. The PCC chief said the fact that the names of such leaders, who had enjoyed corporate patronage in the past, were being projected was bringing a bad name to the party and this should be resolved at the earliest.

The meeting was held at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj road "war room" of the Congress to discuss the government's decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two Union territories.

The sources said Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, informed the leaders at the meeting about the government's action in Jammu and Kashmir and told them about the party's position on the issue. He also told them about the CWC resolution deploring the manner in which the government took the decision on Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, senior party leaders Azad, P Chidambaram, the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Puducherry -- Ashok Gehlot and V Narayanasamy -- were present at the meeting among others.

Earlier in the day, senior Congress leaders met Sonia Gandhi at her residence here, ahead of Saturday's crucial CWC meeting to decide on the new party chief. Sources said senior leaders Ahmed Patel, AK Antony and KC Venugopal were learnt to have discussed with Sonia Gandhi certain names of probables, one of whom could be made the provisional president of the party.

The names of senior Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik and Mallikarjun Kharge and some younger leaders are doing the rounds for the top post.

The CWC might also form a panel of senior members to look for the new party president, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said any further delay in the selection of the new party chief was not an option. "On Saturday, a consensus builder party President of Congress must be selected. Slightest delay is not an option," he wrote on Twitter. "In lighter vein, I gave analogy of wise men of Vatican locked in a room indefinitely until they got a nomination! Subsequently, it has to be followed by full intra party elections," Singhvi added.

A number of partymen have expressed their opinion in public, saying the delay in selecting the new Congress chief is harming the party. Some Congressmen also made a call for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to take over from her brother Rahul Gandhi, who quit as the party chief on 25 May post the Congress's poor show in the Lok Sabha polls.

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