New Delhi: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has announced the formation of steering committee in place of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Wednesday.

Former President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and almost all the members of the CWC have been included in the steering committee. However, the Shashi Tharoor was not included in the list.

The CWC, the decision-making committee of the Congress, had 23 members.

Soon after Kharge took over as president, as per convention, all CWC members submitted their resignations to him. As per convention, after the election of a new Congress president, the CWC is dissolved and a steering committee is formed instead of the CWC to conduct the functioning of the party.

“All CWC members, AICC general secretaries and in-charge have submitted their resignations to the Congress president,” AICC general secretary organisation KC Venugopal said.

Meanwhile, Kharge officially took charge as the party president at the All India Congress Committee headquarters in Delhi in the presence of senior party leaders today. Congress Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry handed over the election certificate to Kharge, who defeated Shashi Tharoor. Kharge, who replaced Sonia Gandhi, said it was a matter of pride to carry forward the legacy of the Congress.

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