Congress Party's top leadership will be meeting today to choose a new party president, over two months after Rahul Gandhi quit, owning responsibility for the party's national election debacle. Though veteran leader Mukul Wasnik has emerged as the frontrunner for the post, Mr. Gandhi wants broader consultations before a decision is made, sources said.
Ahead of crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, party president Rahul Gandhi is said to have intervened in the selection process of the new president. Sources said that he does not want to leave the election on old guards in Congress Parliamentary Party (CEC).
According to the sources, Rahul Gandhi after a meeting on Friday evening said that the CWC alone would not decide upon the name of the party president. As per the outgoing president, general-secretaries of the Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) as well as CWC members will pick a name, the sources added.
Former Union ministers Mallikarjun Kharge and Mukul Wasnik are the front runners to succeed Rahul Gandhi. A non-Gandhi leader may be party president for the first time in two decades. In its 134-year history, India's oldest political party has mostly had a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family in charge. But at a time all three Gandhis are in politics, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have refused to be a part of the process.