Inside Story of How Sonia Became Interim Prez

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The Congress Working Committee (CWC) handed over the presidency of the party to Sonia Gandhi after months of uncertainty, two years after she relinquished the post for her son Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul, who took over the charge of the party in 2017 tendered his resignation as party chief at the CWC meeting on May 25, taking moral responsibility for the party’s drubbing in the general elections after which the party was looking for a new Party Chief.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, a CWC meeting was called in which the committee created five groups and asked suggestions from its state units across the country. The opinion of the leaders remains unanimous on Rahul continuing as the party chief but he turned down the request and asserted that the next party chief could be a non-Gandhi now.

The Congress then mulled over different names for the entire day and some suggested non-Gandhi names for the party chief but the then former finance minister P Chidambaram proposed that Sonia Gandhi should be made the party’s interim President.

However, Sonia Gandhi refuses to the proposal of Chidambaram and even her daughter Priyanka Gandhi who was present in the meeting has not accepted the proposal but she later said that if her mother is ready then nobody can say anything.

Congress leaders including Ambika Soni, Asha Kumari and Kumari Shailja also chipped in to state that the party cannot function without Gandhi family and asked Sonia to convince Rahul but she refused to talk to him.

These leaders clearly told Sonia that she has to take the responsibility of the party and when all the CWC members repeated their request, the 72-year-old Sonia was persuaded to accept the proposal.

According to sources, the office bearers of AICC will not be changed until Sonia constitutes a new team.

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