Sonia Gandhi is back - Named interim Congress president


New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS): As the evening wore on into night, Sonia Gandhi's coterie trumped Rahul Gandhi's Young Turk to appoint her as the interim Congress President.

After day-long deliberations, the Congress on Saturday failed to name a party leader from outside the Gandhi family. The Congress Working Committee (CWC)finally accepted Rahul's resignation.

Sonia Gandhi, who is ailing and had stepped down as party President in December 2017, is again to head the grand old party. Her name was announced at the CWC meeting, which ended its deliberations after more than two hours, in its second meeting of the day.

With all the five party sub-groups unitedly proposing Rahul Gandhi's name as party chief, and Rahul refusing to go back on his decision, the mantle fell on Sonia Gandhi again to shepherd the party as an interim measure.

Randeep Singh Surjewala, the Congress communications in-charge and CWC member, said the party decided on Sonia Gandhi's name as it wanted a strong leadership, one whose command would be accepted by all.

Congress leader K.C. Venugopal, said the CWC "unanimously resolved to request Sonia Gandhi to take over as the Interim President, pending the election of a regular president by the AICC."

Earlier, the CWC decided that Rahul Gandhi "should continue as Congress President, as desired by all who were consulted today, and requested him to accept this decision". However, Rahul "declined to withdraw his resignation".

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

"He led the party with unbounded pride, determination and dedication. He campaigned in the assembly and national elections with indefatigable energy. He stood up fearlessly on issues of day-to-day concern to kisans, khet mazdoors, workers, traders and small businesses, youth, women, minorities, Dalits and adivasis and the weaker sections of society".

"He raised his voice boldly against the growing atmosphere of fear and intimidation in our country. These issues continue to be of significant relevance irrespective of the electoral verdict of May 2019," it said, in an attack on the Narendra Modi government.

It said that Rahul's gave the Congress "a new sense of aggression and modernity to the party organization and opened up numerous opportunities to the younger generation".

"He emerged as a beacon of hope for the very large number of people who cherish the idea of India on which our freedom movement and the Constitution was anchored. He came to be seen as a bulwark against the forces of hate, prejudice, bigotry, intolerance and divisiveness."

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".

"The CWC applauds his courage, commitment and conviction in stepping down as Congress President which was a deeply personal decision. Each and every Congressman and woman looks to him for continued support and guidance," the CWC said.

 

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Gandhi family always sacrificed for the country, first Sonia sacrificed for Rahul and now Rahul's utmost sacrifice for Sonia...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    very sorry development for Indian politics...now it is proven without doubt Congress is not a party and actually it is one family...very happy news for BJP/RSS ...in 2024, they may announce that Modi will be the life time leader of India and no more elections...without any opposition why to waste money on elections...

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    God The Father on the characteristics of good leadership.

    Message to Maureen.

    June 19, 2019
    Public


    Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says: "My children, when you pray free yourself of all distractions. Satan tries to distract you as he fears the power of your prayers. This is the age when prayers span the abyss between Heaven and earth and forestalls My Wrath."

    "In this nation* pay attention to the political battles which are heating up. The two main parties are as different as good and evil. One party supports human life, trust in God and prayer. The other party is only interested in ambition and power. You must unite behind good and honest leadership in My Name. Do not be tricked by calumnies and indifference to the Truth. Unity in the Truth is your strength during these times when dishonesty nips at the heels of Truth."

    "Your choices make all the difference now for the future of your country and of the world. Pray for wisdom."

    * U.S.A.

    Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4+

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    What make difference anyways ! She doesnt know that where is the Head and where is the Tail of her own Party ? Sitting only in DELHI is not enough ! you should call the meeting every month in your office for the update ! otherwise crook like siddharmya and DKSeeee ! Regional Political Sharks will swallow you as they swallowed SIDDARTHA HEGDE !

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    This part of democracy is called the dynastic democracy

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  • RkR, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    One Nation- One Party- One Family - One story ends
    People lead from the front, party is just a symbol
    Congress -Meaningful

    Con - persuade (someone) to do or believe something by lying to them.
    synonyms-swindle, defraud, cheat, trick, fleece, dupe, deceive, rook, exploit, squeeze, milk, bleed

    Gress meaning to step; move

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    I don't think that under her leadership Congress will rise again. Now the Congress chapter is going end.

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  • Sujir Praveen, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Kutumba Rajakiya..

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Congratulations to Sonia Gandhi and the party surely will have good prospect under her stable leadership which she proved earlier.

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  • Vasu, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Congrates Soniyaji. Wish under your leadership Congress party will become strong and bounce back with full spirit and unity.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Sonia proposed the name of Sonia for Congresss part president, which was opposed by Sonia and finally elected by Sonia, since there is no mard/mardangni in Congress to oppose the fake Gandhi family..

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Marathon meeting of CWC concluded with a decision that was decided before the meeting!!!

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  • Dhanalaxmi VAN, Bajpe

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Drama drama and more drama for twelve hours
    Congress now back to Gandhi’s !

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    For the time being INDIA is not looking for opposition ! even opposition is there they are only for the name sake and lobby their relatives, cast, region and religion thats it ! No one interested in NATIONAL ISSUES !

    This lady should go back to school or to settle in her origin country as she doesnt have any powerful skills being a woman and forget the leadership skills ! she is only enjoying the status of RAJIV GANDHI wife ! nothing more ! They couldnt able to control the KARNATAKA EPISODE including that SIDDHARAMYA

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  • ram, udupi

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Its really good news for BJP. I am BJP will celebrate more than Congress as till Gandhi family rules Congress its easy win for BJP even next term.

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  • ad, managluru

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Keep dreams alive brother.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Welcome to SONIA the savior and chief of the congress party .Please roll a red carpet welcome and a lovely bouquet to our humble Sonia.Known to spring surprise she can take the party to greater height when the country needs her presence. You will live in the hearts of everyone.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Now again robert want to attend in front of ED..!! Bad times are here again..to open closed chapter.

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  • Dhanalaxmi VAN, Bajpe

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Hi Elvyn

    Two lotus flowers to be presented to Sonia as welcome 🙏 gesture!

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  • U.Suresh, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    To such a hight from where returning is impossible.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Dongi chamchas are scratching their body in distress, agony and helplessness! Let them pray for Potato Pappu's IQ!

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    India needs Good Mummy's like Sonia.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    If need good original mummy available in misr-egypt pyramid.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Actually this party will be family owned till end, which is nearer than anticipated

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Why rahul opposing in kashmir issue. After all kashmir is birth place of his great grand father. Sheikh Abdulla and Pandit Nehru once allies. Latter on both father and daughter put Sheikh Abdulla into prison. His great grand father only made Sheikh Abdulla Prime Minister of J&K giving all power. If he acted correctly on that time..so much complicated situation not arised now.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Foreign made branded new spects for new president. Same product launching with big bang. How long able to be successful wants to wait and watch. People desperately who left the party and joined others can come-back.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Why interim? of only three Gandhi names, Rahul said no, Sonia was retired therefore there are no other options; only Priyanka is remained. Make her party president.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Wrong decision by members or domination by gandi family. They had the chance and time to try new face to lead sinking ship.

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  • harish, Kadaba

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Mummy returns !!

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    LOL ...Joke of the century!

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    It looks like oscar fernandes work permit extended for few more years. Vafaadar Siphai..

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    The mummy returns - Sonia Gandhi proposed Sonia Gandhi's name for the post of Congress president, finally she accepted the post by the recommendations of Sonia Gandhi itself....

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    When it comes subject of patriotism congress people are divided. One team stand with rahul other with modiji..as recently seen in during abolishing of article 370 and 35A. Looks like this time mother itself taken position to handover long term aasha to see son in prime ministrial post.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    One thing is confirmed Nehru-Gandhi family won't leave higher post in congress. Looks like no one capable in the party who will keep all members and united. Now what's role of rahul..??

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Congress need very matured leader like Sonia Gandhiji . All the best mam.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Do you confirm Rahul Gandhi is not a matured person even reached to half century.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Getting ruled by foreigners is a destiny for grand old party...such a shame.

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  • Preethi, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Maybe she is more indian than u ...atleast she dont work abroad and do bhaktagiri behind computer screen

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Preethi...Any chance IT cell in-charge who fled with Rs.eight crores ramya will be back..!! Old faces are again taking position. No hope on new face.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Preethi Ji ....Dont take much tension about Dongi party! They will showed you all 'high things' and enjoyed each penny of scams! Pray for Potato Pappu's prosperity!!

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Preethi....on what basis are you telling she is more India than me? I am born, brought up, earned, paying taxes here....what she has done except looting? She has been made the president because she has the key of treasury of cong fund.....being a bhakth does not harm anyone, but being a slave like you reminds us of Mughal and British era.

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  • Chandra, Surathkal

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Clueless comment from preeti similar to Congress decisions ...ha ha ha

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Preethi, how can you say that Sonia urf Antonia Maino is more Indian than me and Sanjay, let me know which Indian langauge she can speak without reading it out from a chit of paper, and we proudly speak 3-4 Indian langauges, Wearing sari and carrying fake surnames don't give us nationality, we have an Indian born birth certificate, we don't have matetnal house in Italy....

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    A loyal Indian Sonia will hold the fort for the time being, until a new leader put their hat in for this post.

    Congress is the only party that will uphold Democracy and not autocracy and communalism in India.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    New party president now resembles Gori Lalitha Pawar.

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  • PRAVEEN HEGDE, MANGALORE

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    You are good identifier. Soniaji looks like Lalitha Pawar but what about your ???? members ? kali Lalitha Pawar.

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Who after Sonia ?? Rahul??? Then Priyanka?? Then Priyankas kids???

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Avinash its not your problem. Congress can handle .It's better you mind your own business.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Ms.Rehna...Nehru family one more time made fool of Mallikarjun Kharge a dalit leader. Nor given him party president nor chief ministrialship. Rehna take position to cast vote for congress..in an hope..which never materialised life time of coming to power.

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  • Nayak, Udupi/Blore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Why do slaves interfere with BJPs matter ?

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    You dont bang your head
    They are eligible leaders for democratic secular India.

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Looks like nehru dynasty much scared to handover position to others.
    They looked what happen in karnatka when sidda placed power in platter and given to HDK. Nobody ever bothered about sidda and team afterwards. Once nehru dynasty discontinue for a while nobody give much importance to them is an sad fact.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    LOL! Joke of the century about Dongi party!

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Priyanka’s kids will have a Vadhra Sir name , so they may not be suitable candidates. Unless Robert changes to Robert Gandhi !!!!

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  • Ajay Kumar, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 11 2019

    Only one person expert to change surnames..but he is not alive. Due to carelessness of nehru he sacrificed his life for others. Great Mahatma

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  • U.Suredh, Udupi

    Mon, Aug 12 2019

    For the sake of power surname can be changed!

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