Sonia Gandhi has taken the mantle of Congress in 1998 when the party is in Crisis and brought the party to power in 2004. "We can not be part of these consultation committees".
Besides Rahul and Sonia, the meeting of the CWC was attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior party leaders like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Ahmed Patel, P. Chidambaram and several others.
It chose to involve office-bearers from the states, AICC secretaries, MPs, heads of the frontal organisations and party chief ministers.
The name of Priyanka Gandhi was discussed besides that of Rahul Gandhi. "Each and every Congressman and woman looks to him for continued support and guidance", the CWC said.
In his response, Rahul Gandhi said he was not escaping from the responsibilities of the party, but believed that after a new president is chosen, he will get more time to work for the party.
Senior congress MLA Sura routray and Kanhu Charan Lenka too welcomed Sonia Gandhi's return to party high command and expressed optimism that the development will help in the growth of the party. They asked me for an alternative, but I said there is none.
The Congress should choose a leader through a democratic process and if it fails to do so, no one can save the party, Mr Chauhan claimed. He said that he will spend the next two days in his constituency Wayanad in flood-hit Kerala.
With all the five party sub-groups unitedly proposing Rahul Gandhi's name as party chief, and Rahul refusing to go back on his decision, the mantle fell on Sonia again to shepherd the party.
The CWC has been divided into five region-wise groups to hold talks with the state in-charges, state chiefs, AICC department chairman, party MPs and build a consensus on the name of the new party chief.
A number of partymen have expressed their opinion in public that the delay in selecting the new Congress chief is harming the party.
The meeting was interrupted late in the evening over news from Jammu and Kashmir.
Faced with a continuous void at the top and key assembly polls in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand soon approaching, the party had no option but to choose their new leader.