Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress interim chief

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday adopted a resolution that interim president Sonia Gandhi will continue to function as the chief of the party.

After a marathon seven-hour-long meeting, the CWC decided to form a committee to assist Gandhi in day-to-day functioning of the party. A session of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) will be called within six months, when a new president may be elected.

According to sources, Sonia Gandhi, who was determined to quit the post of party president, agreed to continue. “Congress is one big family and I don’t hold anything against anyone. But all, especially senior leaders, should raise concerns at the party forum only,” she reportedly said.

Gandhi has asked the CWC members to begin the process of electing the next party president. She also presented a statement, which was read out by KC Venugopal. Many leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urged Gandhi to continue.