File Photo: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi, the interim leader of the Congress, offered to “step down” from her position when the Congress Working Committee met on Sunday for a five-hour debate on the aftermath of the recent Assembly elections, but the party’s top decision authority refused.

Sources said she indicated that she may step back if the CWC wants but the CWC did not endorse it.

The CWC reposed faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and every single member said that she should continue till organisational elections.

Congress party chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “The deliberations of the CWC is not open and many people spoke but the CWC statement is the final conclusion of the meeting.”

The discussion also centred on the strengthening of the party and it was decided to hold a brain storming session soon.

All the state in-charges reported to the Congress Working Committee about the results and CWC members analysed the outcome.

“It was sincere discussion,” said party general secretary, organisation, KC Venugopal.

The party accepted the election results and resolved to fight the BJP under Sonia Gandhi’s leadership.

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