قدم زعماء بارزون في حزب المؤتمر الهندي استقالاتهم من لجنة حزبية مهمة في محاولة اخيرة لاقناع زعيمة الحزب سونيا غاندي بقبول منصب رئيسة الحكومة الهندية الجديدة. تقرير كرسبن ثورولد:
The crowds that amassed
outside Sonia Gandhi's home in Delhi erupted into cheers
of 'bring back Sonia Gandhi' when the news filtered through that all the members of an important party committee have resigned
. They're thought to have given up their posts last night after Mrs Gandhi's shock
announcement that she won't be the next prime minister.
The party officials and some of Congress's MPs will meet Mrs Gandhi shortly. But she's been adamant that hers is a final decision -- she will not change her mind. Sonia Gandhi has the authority to choose the next leader of the party. Her nominee, who is thought to be the former finance minister Manmohan Singh, will also become prime minister.
If this last-ditch attempt to persuade Mrs Gandhi to reconsider fails, the next Congress leader will meet the president with proof of his parliamentary backing before taking the prime ministerial oath of office.