Indian National Congress working committee meeting: Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi recuse themselves
The meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the apex body of the Congress party, began in Delhi. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi left the meeting midway, saying they couldn't be part of the process.
The meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the apex body of the Congress party, began in Delhi today.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi left the meeting midway, saying they couldn't be part of the process.
"We cannot be part of this process," Sonia Gandhi said as she left the venue.
Rahul Gandhi too left soon after. He said he had to visit his parliamentary constituency Wayanad in Kerala, which was facing the brunt of heavy rains over the past few days.
Sonia Gandhi said her name was included by default in the region-wise committees formed for wider consultations on selecting a new party chief.
The CWC has decided to have consultations with leaders from across the country and the party's top decision-making body then was divided into five groups for different regions -- northeast, east, north, west and south.
Rahul Gandhi, while resigning as the party president on May 25, had asked the CWC to elect a president from outside his family. He has also indicated that the new president should be elected and not nominated.
Sources in the party say that the CWC meet is expected to continue till tomorrow and a new president could be announced on Sunday. The meeting is also being attended by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi.
These are the members of the Region Wise Committees:
|West Zone||Gujarat, Dadar Nagar Haveli, Daman Diu, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, and Rajasthan||Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Navi Azad, Motilal Vora, Antony, Siddaramaiah, Jitin Prasad, Kuldeep Vishnai, and Srinivasan BV.|
|East Zone||Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, and West Bengal||Sonia Gandhi, Tarun Gogoi, Kumari Selja, KC Venugopal, Jitendra Singh, RPN Singh, PL Punia, Deepender Hooda, and Shaktisinh Gohil.|
|North Zone||Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh||Priyanka Gandhi, Avinash Pandey, Chidambaram, Jyotiraditya Scindia, PC Chacko, and Asha Kumari.|
|North East Zone||Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Sikkim, and Tripura||Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel, Harish Rawat, Deepak Babaria, Mira Kumar, and Sachin Rao.|
|South Zone||Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry||Manmohan Singh, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala, Rajeev Sathav, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.|