One resolution requested Sonia Gandhi to take the position of the interim Congress chief pending the election of a new president by the AICC. It was later clarified in the briefing that Sonia Gandhi would be the interim president.
The Congress Working Committee will formally thank Rahul Gandhi, 49, for his role as president, the sources said, indicating that the party had officially given up attempts to persuade the him to withdraw his resignation. "Rahul Gandhi's instinctive moral compass is evident from the manner in which he has taken personal responsibility for the disappointing performance of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, thereby setting new standards of accountability in public life", it said.
The CWC has chose to have consultations with leaders from across the country and the party's top decision-making body then was divided into five groups for different regions - northeast, east, north, west and south.
"I am happy that the Congress is under pressure and this will jolt the Congress into action", Mr Gandhi is learnt to have told the party leaders, according to news agency PTI.
The name of Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also cropped up during the discussion. The western region group was has leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony and Motilal Vora. The group for the southern region included Manmohan Singh, Anand Sharma and Mukul Wasnik. "We can not be part of these consultation committees".
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The name will be finalised on Sunday after all the five groups have submitted their recommendations, said a senior party leader. They asked me for an alternative, but I said there is none.
Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora earlier this week batted for either Scindia or Pilot to succeed Rahul Gandhi. At around 10.30 pm, he stepped out of the meeting and said that deliberations of the Congress Working Committee on the party's leadership issue were briefly stopped for a presentation on the reports of violence in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that he will spend the next two days in his constituency Wayanad in flood-hit Kerala.
This morning, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi had excused themselves from the zonal body meetings, saying they can not be part of the selection process.
Anxious at the prospect of a split in the party ranks, the Congress fell back on Sonia Gandhi to lead the party, and she was chosen as the party's interim Congress President.
Senior leaders also told ThePrint that no mention of any of the names making the rounds was taken up during the evening meeting.
The party is hoping to resolve the leadership issue and move forward quickly with assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana coming up.