Sonia Gandhi is interim Congress president

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During the second meeting, the CWC elected UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi as the interim party chief after accepting Rahul Gandhi's resignation.

"Sonia Gandhi to take over as Interim President pending the election of a regular President by the AICC".

The working committee had met at 11am and chose to widen the consultative process to avoid the charge of a small coterie taking crucial decisions.

She has credited her mother-in-law and former prime minister Indira Gandhi for the experience she gained in learning the intricacies of politics and she has proved this to every Congress leader when she steered the party to new avenues of success during her tenure.

It made a decision to involve office-bearers from the states, AICC secretaries, MPs, heads of the frontal organisations and party chief ministers. The western region group was has leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony and Motilal Vora.

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That decided the matter, and party seniors, including Ahmed Patel, approached former President Sonia Gandhi to lead the party yet again. "I am not ready for it", she told the party leaders, according to a senior leader who was present at the deliberations. "Each and every Congressman and woman looks to him for continued support and guidance", the CWC said. "For the next few days, I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, #Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods".

Congress party's UP (West) in-charge and CWC member Jyotiraditya Scindia, said the leader, pushed for a final resolution on Saturday itself.

The CWC also put on record "its profound sense of appreciation and gratitude for the exceptional leadership provided by Rahul Gandhi as president".

"All the members of the CWC also believed that Rahul Gandhi ji is the best person for the top post at the time when the BJP-led government is subjugating the Constitution, suppressing the voice of dissent, rising the democratic process and democracy per say in danger on the account of overwhelming majority that they enjoy and refuse to listen to the voice of people of India", he said.

"On his resignation, owning up responsibility for the party's poor showing in the elections, it said that it was evidence of Rahul's "instinctive moral compass" setting new standards of accountability in public life". Her first challenge will be Assembly elections in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Haryana due in November.

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