Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Saturday opted out of consultations with state leaders to choose the Congress Party’s next president.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the top decision making body, had decided in the morning to form five groups to consult with state leaders of zones in the country. But shortly after the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi left Congress headquarters saying they won’t be part of the consultation process.
'Consultation (to decide next party chief) is going on and naturally I and Rahul cannot be a part of it,” Sonia Gandhi said. Rahul Gandhi also rejected yet another request by the CWC to review his decision to step down as Congress president. He had quit in May after the party’s Lok Sabah election debacle.
Earlier in the morning, the CWC decided to meet state leaders in batches to seek their views on the next party chief. The CWC decided to divide itself into five groups to interact with state leaders.
Sonia Gandhi was named in the group to interact with the leaders from eastern region while Mr. Rahul Gandhi was in the group for the west. Ms. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is part of the group for the north, DR. Manmohan Singh for the south and Mrs. Ambika Soni for the northeast.
Mr. Rahul Gandhi had consistently ruled out reviewing his decision to quit although the CWC had authorized him a free hand to revamp the party. Priyanka Gandhi too had shot down suggestions that she heads the party.