Chidambaram's views were echoed by several other senior leaders and with some of them emphasising that Congress should be the pivot of alliances and Rahul Gandhi should be the face of the coalition.
He said people were now showing confidence in Congress.
The CWC meeting was attended by all members, special invitees, former and present Chief Ministers and party secretaries.
Sources said party leaders Digvijay Singh and Janardan Dwivedi were also invited but they did not come.
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