Sonia named interim Congress President
NEW DELHI, Aug 14: Sonia Gandhi was named interim Congress president on Saturday, returning to the helm after almost 20 months.
The announcement was made late on Saturday night after the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's topmost body, accepted Rahul Gandhi's resignation during its second meeting of the day.
The CWC decided to name Sonia Gandhi as the interim party chief.
"Sonia Gandhi has the experience and from time to time, we have turned towards her for guidance, so it was only appropriate that she takes over," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala at a press conference after the meeting ended.
Senior leader PL Punia said the party would decide on a new chief after internal elections. "We have decided to have Sonia Gandhi as the interim president of the party," he said. "We will have a full-time president after our internal elections."
"The CWC considered the views of PCC presidents, CLP leaders, AICC secretaries and members of parliament. The CWC unanimously resolved that Shri Rahul Gandhi should continue as Congress president, as desired by all who were consulted today, and requested him to accept this decision. However, he declined to withdraw his resignation," the party said in a statement later. Congress leader KC Venugopal at the press briefing said the CWC had passed three resolutions at the meeting. -News18