NEW DELHI: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's top decision-making body, on Saturday unanimously elected Sonia Gandhi as the interim president of the party. This was announced by senior Congress leader and CWC member Ghulam Nabi Azad.
''Sonia Gandhi is the new Congress president,'' Azad said after emerging out of the CWC meeting.
Sharing more details, Congress leader PL Punia said, ''We have decided to have Sonia Gandhi as the interim president of the party....we will have a full-time president after our internal elections."
Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said, “After accepting Rahul Gandhi's resignation, we requested Sonia Gandhi to take over as the Congress president.”
During the CWC meeting, Rahul Gandhi's resignation was also accepted, they said.
It may be recalled that Sonia Gandhi had held the post of Congress president between 1998 and 2017 before her son Rahul took over the reins.
Party leaders said that all the five sub-groups formed region-wise to choose the new Congress president had recommended Rahul Gandhi`s name for the post, but he refused to take the charge. The CWC members then recommended Sonia Gandhi's name as the interim party chief.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was present during the meeting.
Shortly after the CWC meeting concluded, party leader Randeep Surjewala and KC Venugopal addressed media regarding the decisions taken by the party.