As the Congress Working Committee began consultations on Saturday to find its next president, UPA chief Sonia Gandhi and outgoing party head Rahul Gandhi left the meeting midway, saying they couldn't be part of the process.
"We cannot be part of this process," Sonia Gandhi said after she recused herself from the deliberations.
Rahul Gandhi left soon after, saying he would be visiting his parliamentary constituency Wayanad in Kerala, which is currently ravaged by heavy rains.
Sonia Gandhi said her name was included by default in the region-wise committees formed for wider consultations on selecting a new party chief.
The CWC has decided to have consultations with leaders from across the country and the party's top decision-making body then was divided into five groups for different regions — northeast, east, north, west and south.
Rahul Gandhi, while resigning as the party president on May 25, had asked the CWC to elect a president from outside his family. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is a Congress general secretary.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told media that Rahul's resignation as Congress chief is still under consideration, CWC will take a decision in evening.
CWC argued that Rahul is best person to lead the Congress at a time when the government is attacking institutions, but he refused saying that he will fight with the party workers, Surjewala added.