Sonia named interim Cong chief

CWC meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.
CWC meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.

PM must assuage concerns on J&K: Rahul

NEW DELHI, Aug 10:
Sonia Gandhi was named interim Congress president today, returning at the helm after almost 20 months.
The announcement was made Saturday night after Congress Working Committee (CWC) accepted Rahul Gandhi’s resignation during its second meeting of the day.
A number of leaders, including State chiefs and MPs, backed Rahul Gandhi to continue on the post despite his refusal to reconsider his resignation. However, he did not budge from his stand of quitting as party chief.
The CWC then decided to name Sonia Gandhi as the interim party chief.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said tonight that some reports have come in from Jammu and Kashmir about violence there and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi must assuage concerns over the matter in a “transparent” manner.
He said the deliberations of the Congress Working Committee on the party’s leadership issue were briefly stopped for a presentation on the reports on J-K.
“Now it is very important that the Government of India and the Prime Minister make it very clear and transparent on what exactly is happening in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said.
“We are extremely concerned about the reports that are coming and the Government needs to assuage the country and tell the country what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir,” he told reporters.
Gandhi said he was called for this discussion and left the CWC meeting which had resumed deliberations on the leadership issue. (PTI)