With Rahul Gandhi firm on the decision to quit, CWC is expected to meet later this week to discuss the possible candidates for the post of party Chief.
According to a report in NDTV, Rahul Gandhi is not backing down on his decision to quit as the Congress president. Rahul decided to quit after Congress’ historical defeat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
According to sources, Rahul Gandhi has reportedly asked treasurer Ahmed Patel and general secretary K.C. Venugopal to look for his replacement when they met him on Monday. It is also learned that Rahul will not abandon the post until a suitable replacement is found.
Mr. Patel has denied these reports. “I had sought time before the CWC to meet the Congress president to discuss routine administrative work. The meeting today was in that context. All other speculation is incorrect and baseless,” read his tweet.
According to NDTV, Rahul Gandhi has said that it is not necessary that the party Chief has to be from the Gandhi family and the party should choose a suitable heir other than his mother and sister.
According to Indian Express, some in the party have however responded positively to Rahul Gandhi’s decision to quit saying its appropriate.
There is also speculation that if Rahul steps down as party Chief, he could be asked to either head the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) or lead Congress in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress is currently in a disarray and party leaders have different viewpoints on Rahul’s decision to stepdown. Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy, said instead of Rahul, the CWC and AICC members should quit and Gandhi should take the charge.
Congress met with a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha Elections concluded recently. The party lost even in the states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh that it won in December. Only in Punjab, they won eight of 13 seats.