On Tuesday, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla took notice of former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi’s absence from the House. Birla stated that he wanted to give Gandhi a chance to speak as his question was listed for Question Hour. Thereafter, he asked Congress MP K Suresh to move to his designated seat. Listed against the name of Gandhi, Question 28 pertained to the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana for Kerala.
Birla opined, "His (Rahul Gandhi's) question was listed for the Question Hour and I wanted to give him a chance had he been present.”
The Congress communications-in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala had announced on October 30 that Rahul Gandhi had gone abroad on a 'meditational visit'. He added that Gandhi undertook such trips from time-to-time. Furthermore, Surjewala informed the media that the former Congress president would not be a part of the party’s planned protests.
R Surjewala,Congress: Rahul Gandhi has gone in the past from time to time on a meditational visit, on which he is currently there, this entire programme (35 PCs from 1-8 Nov against Central govt over economic situation) was drafted as per his direction & in consultation with him. pic.twitter.com/5Y4bK2XjCB— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2019
Fissures have been reported in the Congress party since its longest-serving president Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi assumed charge in December 2017. A series of defeats in state elections combined with the disastrous performance of Congress in the 2019 General elections led to Rahul Gandhi announcing his decision to step down. After attempts to persuade him to take back his resignation failed, Sonia Gandhi assumed interim charge in August. This was followed by two developments. First, Rahul Gandhi has stayed away from many important meetings, including the candidate selection for the recently held Assembly elections and bypolls in several states. The other change has been that his mother has reversed key decisions taken by him such as replacing Ashok Tanwar with Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Haryana.