The Congress that is gradually losing political ground in the country with back-to-back disastrous poll performances is likely to make a significant change in the Lok Sabha ahead of the monsoon session of the parliament that is scheduled to begin July 19. The grand old party is likely to replace its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, media reports suggest.
The Congress’ performance in Bengal, from which Chowdhury hails, was disastrous and the party could not win even a single seat in the recently held Assembly election. It was the first time in the political history of Bengal that Congress drew a zero in the state election, whereas the BJP secured 77 seats.
Notably, speculations have been rife about the removal of Chowdhury from the position for a long time. Congress sources said that the change is likely to be made under the ‘one man, one post, rule and Chowdhury apart from being the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha is also the Bengal Congress chief.
Rahul Gandhi not a contender
Media reports suggest that Congress MP from Kerala Rahul Gandhi is not a contender for the position and it is likely to be given to one of the 23 leaders who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the functioning of the party.
Congress leaders, whose names are doing the round for the position, include Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari. This apart, the party is also considering the names of Gaurav Gogoi, Ravneet Singh Bittu and Uttam Kumar Reddy.
Of these Congress leaders, Tharoor and Tewari are part of G-23 –the group of dissenters who sent the first critical letter to the party in August last year, triggering an internal storm and ended up losing the various party positions they held.
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