UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was elected as the Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party during the party meeting on June 1, which was attended by all 52 newly-elected Lok Sabha MPs from the Grand Old Party along with the party's Rajya Sabha MPs.
In Sonia Gandhi's speech from the CPP meeting, the UPA Chairperson has hailed Congress president and her son Rahul Gandhi for his 'valiant and relentless campaign', saying that he gave his all and toiled night and day for the party.
"He demonstrated his fearless leadership, by taking the Modi government head on. He has rejuvenated the Congress organisation in many states, and most recently lead us to victory in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. As Congress President, he earned the respect and love of every worker and crores of voters across the length and breadth of our country," said Sonia Gandhi in her three-page speech.
Sonia Gandhi further thanked and congratulated the party workers and leaders for their hard work during the elections.
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Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and congratulated Sonia Gandhi on being elected Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party. He further said that "under her leadership, the Congress will prove to be a strong & effective opposition party, that will fight to defend the Constitution of India".
This development has come a week after party chief Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from his post after the massive defeat in the 2019 polls in which the party won just 52 of 542 parliamentary seats. However, the Congress Working Committee rejected Rahul's offer to resign by unanimously passing a resolution.