- Rahul Gandhi's elevation was discussed in meeting in November last year
- Party chief Sonia Gandhi had skipped meeting due to ill health
- Party said it didn't want to take decision on Mr Gandhi in her absence
The CWC closed-door meeting at Mrs Gandhi's residence comes against the backdrop of attempts by the Congress to unite opposition parties ahead of the presidential election next month and put together a broad coalition of opposition parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to take on the BJP.
On November 7 last year, the CWC had discussed Mr Gandhi's elevation and expressed their "unanimous and strong sentiments" for his promotion. Later Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said the meeting did not want to take any decision on the leadership role in the absence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi who could not attend the meeting because she was unwell.
This is the top panel's first meeting after the Congress was washed out in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the assembly elections. Apart from another round of introspection, Mr Gandhi had concluded that structural and organisational changes were required to revive the party.
Sources said the CWC does have powers to appoint party chief and later get it ratified by the Congress members but Rahul Gandhi has been keen that he is democratically elected.
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