CWC meet ends, Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress president
New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi will continue to serve as the president of the Congress party, ending all speculations over her resignation from the key post.
The meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) ended on Monday, after deliberating on the turmoil within the party for seven years, with a resolution that Sonia Gandhi will continue to lead the party, reports Hindustan Times.
The members of the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body, also decided to form a committee to help Gandhi in day-to-day functioning of the organisation, reports the newspaper.
After a marathon meeting, the CWC also authorised the Congress President to affect necessary organisational changes that she may deem appropriate to take on the challenges facing the party.
"The CWC unanimously requests Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to continue to lead the Indian National Congress until such time as circumstances will permit an AICC session to be convened," a resolution moved by the CWC said.
In more drama within the country's oldest party, Congress leader Kapil Sibal earlier in the day withdrew his tweet against Rahul Gandhi over the "collusion with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)" accusation.
Sibal withdrew his tweet after he was told by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that the accusation was not "attributed" to the senior leader.
Sibal tweeted, "Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him . I therefore withdraw my tweet ." (sic)
At the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, Rahul had questioned the timing of the letter sent by his 23 party colleagues calling for a change in the leadership at all levels, a day after his mother Sonia Gandhi expressed her desire to step down as the outfit's president.
Reportedly, Rahul had accused two senior leaders Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad of "colluding with the BJP".
In a letter, 23 Congress leaders, including five Chief Ministers, had called for sweeping changes at all levels of the party.
The Congress, which had ruled the country for decades since Independence in 1947, was decimated in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by the Narendra Modi-led BJP, getting reduced to 40 odd seats across the country.
The 2019 Lok Sabha polls were nothing short of a mere replay of the 2014 setback for the Congress, as the grand old party just managed to cross 50 seats in the vast country of 1.3 billion people.
After Rahul had stepped down as the party chief in 2019, Sonia was appointed as the interim president of the Congress.