Congress to gets its new president after waiting for weeks
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will elect its new party president on Saturday. The post has been vacant since May after Rahul Gandhi quit the post taking responsibility for the poor performance in the 17th Lok Sabha polls and after he lost to BJP’s Smriti Irani at his home turf Amethi. The CWC will also formally accept the resignation of Gandhi on Saturday.
Gandhi met with the party general secretaries, state-in-charges, PCC chiefs and CLP leaders on Friday at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence and narrowed down on certain names, who could hold the post. The meeting was attended by party veterans including AK Antony and party treasurer Ahmed Patel.
During the meeting names of Congress strongmen including that of former minister Mallikarjun Kharge, former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and AICC general secretary KC Venugopal. But the most prominent name that emerged was that of 59-year-old Mukul Wasnik – Dalit leader and a former minister with much administrative experience.