Congress asked Sonia to take over the reins of the party

Congress asked Sonia to take over the reins of the party

Agency News

New Delhi: The Congress has urged Sonia Gandhi to take charge as interim president to overcome the party’s crisis.

So far, the former Congress president had said no to the role that her son Rahul Gandhi has just relinquished. An NDTV reports indicated that Sonia was non-committal of taking over as interim Congress president. But at the same time she did rule it out, the report added.

The 72-year-old, who significantly slashed her political duties because of health problems, has told her close aides that it will not be possible for her to take on the top job even temporarily.

Rahul Gandhi's firm refusal to reconsider his resignation, many senior Congress leaders have called on Sonia Gandhi and pleaded with her to step in, say sources. The party's desperation has grown as it fights crises in Karnataka and Goa. While party is trying to save its coalition in Karnataka against all odds, most of its lawmakers in Goa have quit and merged with the BJP.

Rahul Gandhi's exit has spurred a flurry of resignations across the country, including by several state unit chiefs. Top leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Milind Deora have also quit. So far, the Congress has failed to build consensus on a replacement for Rahul Gandhi.