A parliamentarian from Bengal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, will continue to be the leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha, the party has revealed.
This has put an end to speculations about Chowdhury being replaced in Lok Sabha ahead of the crucial monsoon session of the Parliament beginning Monday. Also, Gaurav Gogoi, son of late Tarun Gogoi, retains his position as deputy leader of the house.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has also reconstituted the party’s parliamentary groups for both houses ahead of the monsoon session.
Dissenters get key positions
In the overhaul, several dissenting leaders, who had earlier written to Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the party’s functioning, have been given key positions. Among the dissenters who have been given important positions include Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tiwari.
K Suresh has been named chief whip in the Lok Sabha while Ravneet Singh Bittu and Manickam Tagore have been named whips in the reconstituted seven-member Lok Sabha group.
In the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge is the leader of the house, while Anand Sharma, another dissenter, has been named his deputy. Jairam Ramesh has been named chief whip in the upper house. Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh and KC Venugopal make up the other members of this group.
“These groups will meet daily during the session and can meet during the inter-session period as well where Parliament issues are concerned,” read a statement signed by Sonia Gandhi. Joint meetings of these groups can also be held as and when required and Mallikarjun Kharge will be the convener of the joint meetings.
Congress to attack Centre
In Parliament, Congress aims to corner the government over the ongoing price rise as the economy goes into a tailspin and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. It is also likely to raise the issue of slow pace of vaccination. It may also raise the issue of Rafale deal which is under investigation after a French court’s order.
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