New Delhi, Aug 10 : The Congress Working Committee on Saturday named UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as the party’s interim chief after a day long deliberations held to pick a new party president.
The development has been confirmed by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Congress leader K C Venugopal said, “Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously resolved to request Sonia Gandhi to take over as the Interim President, pending the election of a regular president by the AICC. “
Venugopal said, “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. “
” CWC expressed serious concerns over situation in J&K including reports of clampdown, news blackouts, arrests and detentions of Indian political leadership of J&K. CWC calls upon govt to act in transparent fashion & permit a delegation of opposition parties in J&K,” Venugopal said.
The members tried to persuade Rahul but in vain as he stepped down from the party’s top post in May, owning responsibility for the party’s humiliating defeat in the national elections.
The top decision-making body of the Congress party divided themselves into five groups to hold discussions for picking Rahul Gandhi’s successor. The CWC arrived at the decision after discussing reports of five groups.