File photo of Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( IANS )
Senior leaders are reticent to address the leadership issue in the open as they feel they can be targeted in the process but privately admit that it needs a quick resolution.
Sources in the Congress party have confirmed that a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting may take place in the next fortnight to deliberate on the issue of a new president as Rahul Gandhi has not changed his mind on his decision to quit.
Sources confirmed that the choice for the top job is limited but appointment needs to come soon as the party will need to prepare for elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana. Senior leaders are reticent to address the issue in the open as they feel they can be targeted in the process but privately admit that the issue needs a quick resolution.
Rahul Gandhi was asked this question outside Parliament and he said that it is the party and not him who is going to decide about the next Congress president. He also reiterated his stand on the Rafale deal. His response was sought on Rafale finding a mention in the Presidential address to which he said that he maintains the position that "theft" did take place.
Rafale as a Lok Sabha election issue had backfired for the Congress. The issue instead of discrediting the prime minister, ended up discrediting Congress. The party has already petitioned CVC for a probe in the alleged scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal.