The Congress Working Committee (CWC), after hours of marathon meeting to deliberate on a new party chief has finally concluded and it has chosen former party chief Sonia Gandhi as the interim party president on Saturday, August 10.

Meanwhile, the committee has also finally accepted Rahul’s resignation, which he had tendered shortly after Congress’ defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

Minutes before the conclusion of the CWC, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi briefed the media as to why he was called by the committee during the night.

Rahul told reporters that amid the meeting, reports came in ovber the difficult situation in Jammu and Kashmir valley. For the same, he said, the meeting was paused and he was asked to come.

Rahul Gandhi further stated that the government needs to make public of what is going on in the region with “complete transparency”.

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Earlier in the day too, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Saturday held a meet to appoint a new party chief.

This comes in the wake of Congress party facing a debacle, first after facing a rout in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and then when Rahul Gandhi resigned as the party president, there has been a leadership crisis in the party.

Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had refused to be a part of the consultation process.

The duo after holding initial talks at the meet held at AICC headquarters in Delhi left the meeting. Sonia said that as both she and Rahul are former presidents of the party they cannot take part in the process of deliberations.

The top panel had earlier decided to hold deliberations with party leaders from across the country. Five groups were formed to represent each nation — North, South, East, West and Northeast.

Later, the Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala apprised the media that the CWC will be meeting again to decide on the reports of the committee’s subgroups. The deadlock, he said, must end as early as possible and therefore, it was decided that CWC will meet again on Saturday evening to finalise the next party chief.

The CWC is expected to meet at 8:30 pm.

While names of party leaders Mukul Wasnik and Mallikarjun Kharge had earlier come up as frontrunners for the post, but as the consultation has been opened to state leaders as well, things aren’t as clear.

Meanwhile, Surjewala has told reporters that Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is still under consideration, the call on which would be taken in the evening meet.

Just before the meeting, Rahul had called for all regional leaders to be made part of the consultation process. His move seems to make the deliberation process open where powerful Delhi CWC circles don’t get a chance to push a favourable name.

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