Mumbai: The Congress’s top decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), met in Delhi on Saturday and began deliberations on finding Rahul Gandhi’s successor as the party president.
Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi left the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting midway, the party’s oldest decision-making party will meet again on Saturday evening to elect the next president of the party.
“We will meet again at 8.30 pm. The name of the new party chief is expected to be final by 9 pm tonight,” ANI quoted Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha as saying.
The Congress leaders have divided themselves into five groups to hold discussions for picking Rahul Gandhi’s successor, sources said.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the CWC would meet again to discuss the reports of the sub-groups and would consider Rahul Gandhi’s resignation by evening.
“Five committees will submit their report later in the day. There was a feeling that the deadlock over the Congress leadership should be resolved at the earliest. It was, therefore, felt that the CWC should meet again this evening and make a call on the issue. Surjewala said.
The CWC argued that Rahul Gandhi is the best person to lead Congress when government attacking institutions, but he refused to say he will fight with workers, said Randeep Surjewala.
“After Gandhi refused to reconsider his decision, the CWC began consultations on finding his successor under five regional sub-groups led by senior party leaders,” the Congress spokesperson added.
Notably, three names of frontrunners for the Congress president’s post emerge- Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Mukul Wasnik.