Updated June 8th, 2024 at 08:38 IST

Clamour Likely at Congress MPs Meeting for Rahul Gandhi to Assume Role of Leader of Opposition

Clamours are likely for Rahul Gandhi to assume the position of leader in Lok Sabha at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting scheduled to be held on June 8.

Reported by: Digital Desk
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New Delhi: Clamours are likely for Rahul Gandhi to assume the position of leader in Lok Sabha at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting scheduled to be held on June 8. Rahul Gandhi won Lok Sabha polls from both Wayanad and Raebareli. 

Sonia Gandhi is likely to be re-elected as Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) at a meeting of party MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

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The party sources revealed that Congress MPs including KC Venugopal, Manickam Tagore and Gaurav Gogoi are expected to make the demand by raising their hands.

The leader of Congress in Lok Sabha will also be Leader of Opposition in the House as the party has won the requisite number of seats in general elections.

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According to the Congress Constitution, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Party is empowered to name the leaders of the party in the two Houses of Parliament.

Party sources said it will depend on Sonia Gandhi if she decides to name Rahul Gandhi as the party's leader in Lok Sabha or opts for some other leader. They said there is less expectation of a decision on the issue tomorrow and she may also opt to do it later through a press release.

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Sonia Gandhi is now a member of the Rajya Sabha. Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge is the Leader of the Opposition in the upper House of Parliament.

A meeting of the Congress Working Committee will be held earlier in the day which is expected to laud the party's performance in the Lok Sabha polls. Credit for the party's "good showing" with the party bagging 99 seats compared to 44 and 52 seats it won in the last two Lok Sabha elections, is likely to be given to Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

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Congress fought the election as part of the India bloc and the parties together were able to prevent BJP from getting a majority on its own in Lok Sabha. The BJP-led NDA won 293 in the polls.

Congress sources said the party is likely to express its resolve to fight on issues concerning people inside and outside Parliament and a resolution may be adopted by the CWC over the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into "the biggest stock market scam", an issue raised by Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.

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Published June 8th, 2024 at 08:38 IST