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August 25, 2020 / 07:28 AM IST

CWC Meeting highlights | Working Committee decided to strengthen hands of Rahul, Sonia Gandhi, says Congress

CWC meeting highlights: Sonia Gandhi has asked Congress Working Committee to relieve her as interim party chief.

Congress Working Committee meeting LIVE updates: The crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting has begun. In her opening remarks at the meeting, called in the wake of a section of leaders seeking a "full time and visible" Congress president, Sonia Gandhi made the offer to quit saying she had given a detailed reply on the issue to AICC general secretary KC Venugopal. Top Congress leaders are deliberating on the leadership issues during this virtual meeting of the party's top decision-making
body. This comes after 23 senior leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking a revamp of major bodies. Catch the latest updates here:
  • August 24, 2020 / 10:24 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram to news agency ANI: I never say all is well. Have waves of the sea ever fallen silent, there will always be waves in sea. There will always be some discontent. Today we have addressed some issues. I think going forward the party will become stronger and more active. It has been clarified, nobody made that statement. Nobody alleged that anyone was colluding with BJP. 

  • August 24, 2020 / 09:16 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | In this tweet from ANI: Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and Mukul Wasnik leave from the residence of Ghulam Nabi Azad.

  • August 24, 2020 / 08:47 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Goa Congress welcomes CWC resolution on Sonia Gandhi

    Goa Congress on Monday welcomed the party working committee's (CWC) resolution urging Sonia Gandhi to continue as its interim chief till an AICC session can be convened.

    "The Goa Congress welcomes the CWC's decision urging Sonia Gandhi to continue leading the party as she has the capacity to take along everyone and guide the party," Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Girish Chodankar said in a statement.

    He stated that the party should collectively support Rahul Gandhi "who is fighting single-handedly against the mismanagement of economy, COVID-19 and attack on the democracy"

  • August 24, 2020 / 08:21 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress interim head as CWC meet ends in high drama

    After seven-hour-long deliberations, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on August 24 resolved that Sonia Gandhi would continue as interim president of the Congress party until a session of All India Congress Committee (AICC) is called within six months.

    Also, a committee would be formed to help Sonia Gandhi in day-to-day functioning, the meeting resolved.

    “Congress is one big family and I don’t hold anything against anyone. But all, especially senior leaders should raise concerns at the party forum only,” Sonia Gandhi said in her concluding remarks.

    Read more here.

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:52 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Punjab Chief Minister's Office: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh today welcomed the unanimous resolution passed by Congress Working Committee (CWC), asking Sonia Gandhi to continue as party president till the next AICC session and authorising her to take whatever decisions needed.

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:38 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Congress: 5 presidents from Nehru-Gandhi family, 13 from outside since independence

    As a leadership crisis grips the Congress, experts having chronicled the country's oldest political party said on Monday that it may be theoretically possible for the party to have a president outside the Nehru-Gandhi family, but not practically.

    The party's history shows that it has had at least 13 presidents from outside the Nehru-Gandhi clan since independence as against five from its first family.

    However, the family members have been at the helm for a much longer period of time as against the others.

    Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have headed the party for the majority of the period since independence.

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:22 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | KC Venugopal: The CWC notes that internal party issues cannot be deliberated through the media or public fora. CWC urges and advises all concerned to raise such issues only in party fora. 

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:15 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Sonia Gandhi has also been authorised to make organisational changes within the party to "take on the challenges" listed in the party's statement, the party's leaders said during the breifing. 

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:12 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | KC Venugopal: Voices of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have inspired generations. CWC unanimously requests Sonia Gandhi to continue to lead Congress party.

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:07 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | KC Venugopal: Rahul Gandhi has resolutely led the fight against the government from the front. CWC resolved to strengthen the hands of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. The responsibility of every Congress worker and leader today is to fight the assault on democracy and pluralism by Narendra Modi government.

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:05 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | KC Venugopal: Today we had a seven-hour long meeting. All the participants spoke and participated in the deliberations. CWC has extensively deliberated on the letters and places on record the following: Last 6 months have seen multiple crisis, including coronavirus pandemic and downward spiraling economy. 

  • August 24, 2020 / 07:02 PM IST

    CWC Meeting LIVE Updates | Here are the top 5 developments from the crisis within the Congress, and the CWC meeting:

    >> Around 20 senior Congress leaders write to Sonia Gandhi seeking "sweeping changes" within the party.

    >> Sonia Gandhi offers to quit in order to initiate process of selecting a new party chief. 

    >> Rahul Gandhi questions the timing of the letter, reportedly sent when Sonia Gandhi was in a hospital and under medication. He also reportedly said that the letter was written in cahoots with the BJP to benefit the latter. 

    >> After hours of deliberation during the CWC meeting, it was decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue to remain the interim party chief. 

    >> A panel will also be formed to help Sonia Gandhi in her day-to-day functioning. An All India Congress Committee (AICC) session will be called within six months.

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