CWC Meeting LIVE Updates: Sonia Gandhi will remain Congress interim chief till the next president is elected. Senior party leader PL Punia said that the next meeting will be “called soon, probably within six months, to elect new president”. “Members expressed faith in Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and urged her to continue leading party, she agreed,” Punia added.
Sonia Gandhi had asked her party to begin the process of replacing her as chief even as demands from across party units sought a Gandhi to lead the Grand Old Party. In the Congress Working Committee meeting, Sonia Gandhi offered to step down but was asked to continue by former prime minister and veteran colleague Manmohan Singh. The decision came after some Congress leaders, including ex-ministers, wrote to her demanding “changes to the leadership”. The letter by former ministers and some MPs was believed to have been written a few weeks ago.