Amidst leadership crisis, the Congress party is likely to decide outgoing president Rahul Gandhi’s successor next week.
According to reports, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest governing body of the party, will meet next week and decide the fate of the party’s future.
The delay in the meeting is being speculated as a wait and watch situation for the party, over no clarity on the Karnataka Political Crisis.
Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi is said to have refused to suggest a name for the post and she would prefer to keep out of the exercise to find a new president.
Also, several Congress leaders approached Rahul Gandhi seeking to know his choice for an alternative.
The Wayanad lawmaker, has also reportedly, said that the party should find a non-Gandhi person to lead the party.
He officially resigned on July 3 as the Congress President, taking the responsibility for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
He tweeted his resignation letter and thanked his fellow Congressmen and expressed his gratitude that he had the opportunity to serve the party.
Before his official resignation, chief ministers of Congress-ruled states met Rahul asking him to reconsider his resignation decision.
Earlier on 25 June at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi, he offered to step down taking moral responsibility for the poor performance of the party in the 2019 elections.
Senior Congress leaders are still unable to arrive at a consensus over the candidate.
Handover of the presidential baton is said to be engulfed under the debate over the young vs old debate.
A report in a leading daily, quoting the sources, suggests that former minister and Dalit leader Mukul Wasnik stands with better chances of making it to the top post.
Further, names of Sushil Kumar Shinde, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot have also been doing the rounds.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh batted for young and dynamic leadership, speculated as a hint for Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tiwari.
But senior party leaders, including Karan Singh and Janardan Dwivedi, recently questioned the delay as well the procedure of finding a candidate.
“What kind of a committee is this where A K Antony has not participated? If there was a formal composition, it would be more credible,” Dwivedi said while questioning the procedure.
While, Karan Singh suggested having four working presidents or a praesidium, but that is unlikely as the party constitution doesn’t allow this, said a party leader.