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CWC to meet again at 8:30pm today to choose new party chief as Rahul refuses to budge 

File photo of Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 10, 2019, 04.55 PM (IST)

The crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet again today at 8pm to chose the party chief. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have opted out of the process.

Emerging from the meeting, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi told reporters she and Rahul Gandhi are not a part of the five regionwise groups formed in the CWC to elect the new party chief.

"Rahul and I cannot participate in the election of the new party chief. Putting our names is not good," former party chief Sonia Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi told reporters: "I am going to Wayanad tomorrow for two days as the condition is very disturbing there."

The CWC, the party`s top decision-making body, met to elect a new party chief after Rahul Gandhi refused to reconsider his resignation following the party's debacle in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

According to sources, the front runners for the position are general secretary Mukul Wasnik and Karnataka stalwart Mallikarjun Kharge.

Wasnik is the senior-most general secretary acceptable to most of the factions. Kharge, on the other hand, is a veteran leader from South India who lost Lok Sabha elections in 2019. 

The CWC has been divided into five region-wise groups to hold further talks with the state in-charges, state party chiefs, AICC department chairman, party MPs and CLPs to build a consensus on the name of the new party chief.

Besides Rahul and Sonia, the meeting of the CWC was attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior party leaders like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram and several others.

The CWC will meet again at 8.30 pm to get final recommendations from the five groups. The new Congress chief`s name will be finalised on Sunday, said a senior party leader.

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The CWC, the party`s top decision-making body, met to elect a new party chief after Rahul Gandhi refused to reconsider his resignation following the party's debacle in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.