Sonia Gandhi works effectively, completely as head of the party, says Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: The main leader of Congress P said Saturday that the president of Congress Sonia Gandhi It is working effectively and the party does not choose its leader to please the outside world.

Chidambaram told ANI in an exclusive interview that the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which chose Sonia Gandhi as its interim chief in August last year, has all the powers of AICC.

We have a president of Congress today. She is working effectively and completely. It is up to her to decide if she wants to step aside. If he makes that decision, I am sure that the Congress party will elect a new president, Chidambaram said.

Who should be the president of the Congress party, it is the decision of the workers of the Congress, not of the strangers or of the media. We did not elect the president of Congress to please the outside world or the media. We elect a president of Congress that is acceptable to our workers. It is purely an internal exercise, he added.

The former finance minister was answering a query about Sonia Gandhi being interim president as the CWC decision has not yet been ratified by the (AICC).

It will ratify, but AICC normally meets once a year or once in eighteen months. But the Congress Working Committee under the constitution of Congress has all the powers of AICC. It is by no means a body, which has less power, he said. .

Asked about the party leader Rahul Gandhi directing the program at the party and if he will again assume the position of head of the party, Chidambaram said he would not comment. I have no comment about it. I have no information, he said.

On chief minister Bhupesh Bhagel's remarks that Rahul Gandhi should become party chief again, Chidambaram said the chief minister has expressed his views.

It is your point of view. Why shouldn't you express your views? We are a democratic party. People can express their views. If people outside of Congress can express their views, why not people within Congress, he asked,

Answering a question, Chidambaram said he had no information about the date of the next AICC session.