Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.  (Photo: HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: HT)

Leadership crisis may be main agenda for CWC meet on 10 Aug

  • One of the options for the CWC is to elect an interim chief and then conduct internal polls to replace Rahul Gandhi
  • The party has not announced the agenda of the meeting, but senior party leaders said the main agenda of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting will be the leadership crisis

The Congress will hold a meeting of its top decision making body on 10 August, the party said on Sunday.

The party has not announced the agenda of the meeting, but senior party leaders said the main agenda of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting will be the leadership crisis, following Rahul Gandhi’s decision to resign from the post of party president.

The announcement on Sunday comes more than 70 days after Gandhi offered to resign from the post and against the backdrop of a long-drawn uncertainty over the next step to deciding on a person to take over the reins of the party.

“It has been decided to hold the next Congress Working Committee Meeting on Saturday, 10th of August 11am at AICC (All India Congress Committee)," K.C. Venugopal, general secretary in-charge of party organisation, tweeted on Sunday.

Gandhi had taken the responsibility for the party being defeated very badly in the Lok Sabha elections and had offered to resign from the post of Congress president at a CWC meeting on 25 May. Senior leaders had tried to convince Gandhi to change his decision but he refused.

More than a month later, Gandhi on 3 July put out a public note saying he was no longer the Congress president and that the CWC must take immediate steps to look for his successor. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as president of the party," Gandhi had written in his note in July.

Since then, clamour has grown over the need to take steps to fill the vacuum.

“It is too early to say what the next course of action will be. Over the next week, the top leadership will be holding a series of meetings in the run up to the CWC meeting," a senior leader said requesting anonymity.

One of the options for the CWC is to elect an interim chief of the party and then decide the future plan, which may include conducting internal elections to find Gandhi’s successor.

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