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Sonia Gandhi to continue as interim Congress chief: CWC says no one can be permitted to weaken party

The Congress, at the end of a nearly seven-hour long meeting of its working committee on Monday, decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim president till the next AICC session.

In a briefing, senior Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and KC Venugopal said that the CWC has requested Sonia to continue as the interim president till the next AICC session could be convened and decided to form a committee to help her in day-to-day functioning of the organisation.

The CWC also authorised the Congress president to bring about necessary organisational changes to tackle the challenges faced by the party.

The party further said the CWC unanimously resolved to strengthen the hands of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in every possible way, while making it clear no one will be permitted to undermine or weaken the party and its leadership.

The CWC, the party's highest decision-making body. also resolved that inner-party issues cannot be deliberated through media or in public fora and all such issues must be raised within the party "in the interest of propriety and discipline".

 The next AICC session is likely to be held after six months and the party will elect a new president then, Sonia reportedly said. In her concluding remarks, she also said that she was hurt but bore no ill-will towards the leaders who had written a letter demanding sweeping organizational reforms in the party.

“We are a large family. We have differences and different views on many occasions. But at the end we come together, as one. The need of the hour is to tackle issues facing the country. Organisational issues, process of constitution or reconstitution is a continuous process. I hold no ill-will for any party member. Keep the party together," she said during the meeting.

As many Congress leaders, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party MPs and former Union Ministers Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor had sent a letter to Sonia, calling for full time and active leadership, elections to the CWC and an “institutional leadership mechanism” aimed at the party’s revival.


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