Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, following the meeting of top Congress leaders on Saturday, reiterated that Rahul Gandhi is still the party chief.
Speaking to media, Surjewala refused that discussion on the new Congress chief was held during the meeting in Delhi with the top brass which, however, was not attended by the Gandhis-Vadras. He also said that Rahul Gandhi is still the Congress chief.
"No discussion took place on the Congress chief. Rahul Gandhi is the Congress chief. We discussed on the Karnataka crisis during the meeting," said Surjewala. (Koi Congress chief ko lekar charcha nhi hui. Rahul Gandhi hi Congress ke adhyaksh hai. Karnataka ko lekar hi charcha hui.)
However, sources have also said that discussion on the new party president was held during the Congress leaders meeting. In the meeting, Surjewala also threatened to quit the party, if Gandhi's resignation will be accepted by the Congress Working Committee.
Sources added that no names for a new party president were suggested in the meeting. The meeting was attended by top leaders including Mukul Wasnik, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram and Randeep Surjewala. Notably, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not present at the meeting.
Amid the rising Karnataka crisis, the troubles have mounted fro the Congress leadership to appoint a new chief, following Rahul Gandhi's resignation on June 3, who put out a 4-page letter on Twitter taking the responsibility of the party's embarrassing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of BJP.
As the Congress looks forward to appointing a new chief, sources have told that two fractions have developed in the Congress for the post. While the old guard in the party is vouching for a senior party member and a Gandhi-loyalist, another fraction is demanding someone from the young faces to lead the party.