The party is divided on the leadership matter with a section demanding collective leadership and another reposing faith in the Gandhi family.
According to sources, Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi offered to quit, asking the Congress Working Committee to initiate the process for selecting a new party chief.
In her opening remarks at the meeting, called in the wake of a section of leaders seeking a “full time and visible” Congress president, Sonia Gandhi made the offer to quit saying she had given a detailed reply on the issue to AICC general secretary K C Venugopal.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who spoke after Gandhi, urged her to continue, so did former Defence Minister A K Antony, with both the veterans criticising the letter by some party leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik, who are a part of the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body.
Sources also say, Rahul Gandhi criticised letter by some leaders, questions its timing.