Congress chooses Sonia Gandhi as new President
August 11, 2019
After months of speculation, the Congress party has decided to choose Sonia Gandhi as their next president. On Saturday evening, Congress Working Committee (CWC) met for a high-level meeting which lasted for many hours, and the crucial decision was made by around 11 pm. The focus was mainly on who will become the next chief, but matters relating to the ongoing issues at Jammu and Kashmir after scrapping of Article 370 was also discussed. Initially, there were reports that the Gandhi's are reluctant to step up as the party chief and will not interfere in the selection process either.
Regretfully, Rahul Gandhi ji (@rahulGandhi) has stuck to his decision to resign but it is an honour to have Smt Sonia Gandhi ji (@iamsoniagandhi) once again as our party president. I look forward to working under their combined leadership!-Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Former Union Minister.
Earlier, Sonia Gandhi was the chief of the party before handing over the position to her son Rahul Gandhi, who had clearly stated that he is going to discontinue in the position. Sonia had headed the party for almost two decades.
All the top leaders of the party including Priyanka Gandhi, AK Antony, KC Venugopal and Manmohan Singh were present for the meet. In the last Lok Sabha elections, Congress party had faced heavy defeat. There was widespread criticism against the Gandhi's after the defeat. According to reports, the members might pick up a new leader once the party becomes stable later this year.
"Congratulations to @INCIndia WorkingCommittee for making the best decision in current circumstances, requesting Smt SoniaGandhi ji to take over as Interim President pending the election of a regular Pres by the AICC. Let elections allow Party workers to decide who shld lead them", tweeted Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament.
"We are all grateful to Smt #SoniaGandhi for accepting request of the unanimous request of the CWC to be the Interim President of @INCIndia, at this critical juncture when India faces numerous challenges", tweeted Anand Sharma, Member of Parliament