In the absence of an official leader for Congress, it appears that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has taken the reins of the party and perhaps even the Opposition.
With the heat over Donald Trump's obvious lie about being asked by PM Narendra Modi to intervene in Kashmir issue rising, Gandhi appears to have decided to lead the Opposition's charge in the Parliament. She said on Tuesday that her party will keep raising the matter in the Parliament despite the MEA's clarification on the matter.
This comes after External Affairs Minister categorically in the Rajya Sabha said that PM Narendra Modi did not request US President Donald Trump to mediate in Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. He also said that India continues to stand by its position to resolve all outstanding matters with Pakistan bilaterally on the basis Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration.
Gandhi on being asked if Congress will seek a reply from PM Modi in Parliament on the matter said, "You will see it in the House. We will raise the issue and Congress is raising now also."
The Congress has refused to accept the MEA's statement that came on Monday itself and was repeated by EAM on Tuesday in the Parliament. It has demanded a clarification by PM Narendra Modi on the matter, saying that it doesn't claim the Prime Minister is lying but wants him to say President Trump is lying.
Taking on Twitter on Tuesday, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala shared the White House's statement on 'Remarks by US President Trump and Pakistan PM Imran Khan before the bilateral meeting'. Sharing the document, Surjewala questioned PM Modi, saying that the White House has put Trump's assertion in 'black and white' that the former asked the latter to mediate on Kashmir'.