New Delhi: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi offered to leave her position as Indian National Congress President at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday and asked the CWC to initiate the process to elect a new president. As per reports, after this, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some other leaders urged her to continue in the post.
According to sources, after the CWC meeting commenced, Sonia said she wanted to step down as interim president and sent a detailed reply to the organization's general secretary KC Venugopal. Sources say that Sonia Gandhi referred to Ghulam Nabi Azad and some leaders writing letters and issues raised on their behalf.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the issue of leadership in the party also targeted the leaders who wrote letters to Sonia Gandhi and questioned why such a letter was written when the party was fighting the opposing forces in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and Sonia Gandhi was unwell.
The party's highest policy making unit, the CWC, is meeting through a video conference as the situation in the two camps of the Congress is visible. On Sunday, a day before the CWC meeting, a new political storm broke out in the party when a letter from 23 senior leaders to Sonia Gandhi demanding a full-time and grassroots active president and a change in the organization from top to bottom. Information about writing was revealed.
However, with the news of this letter coming out, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and many other senior and young leaders of the party expressed confidence in the leadership of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and this Emphasized that the Gandhi family can keep the party united.
After the consecutive loss faced in general elections held in 2019, Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post of President on May, 25. Following his resignation, a suitable candidate was to be found to replace him. The Congress Working Committee, on August, 10 took a final call on the matter and passed a resolution asking Sonia Gandhi to take over as Interim president