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Clamour Grows for Rahul Gandhi to Lead Opposition in Lok Sabha

Saturday, June 8, 2024 | June 08, 2024 WIB
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

New Delhi, June 8, 2024 – As the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) convenes this evening, anticipation swirls around the potential continuation of Sonia Gandhi as its Chairperson and the possible emergence of Rahul Gandhi as the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

The Push for Change
Sources within the party, reported by ANI, suggest a growing demand for Rahul Gandhi to step into the role of the leader of the opposition, owing to his recent victories in the Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad and Raebareli.

Party Dynamics
Key party figures, including KC Venugopal, Manickam Tagore, and Gaurav Gogoi, are expected to advocate for this transition during the meeting, highlighting the constitutional provision that links the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha to the role of the Leader of the Opposition.

The Decision Making
However, the ultimate decision rests with Sonia Gandhi, who holds membership in the Rajya Sabha. Party sources indicate that while there is speculation, a concrete decision might not be reached immediately.

The Day's Agenda
Earlier discussions at the Congress Working Committee meeting focused on the party's commendable performance in the recent elections and its commitment to addressing key issues both inside and outside Parliament.

Looking Ahead
As the day progresses, the Extended Congress Working Committee will convene, followed by the crucial gathering of the Congress Parliamentary Party in the Central Hall of Parliament. Furthermore, plans are underway for a dinner event to foster camaraderie among party members.

Resolutions on the Horizon
Among the topics slated for discussion is a resolution advocating for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into what Rahul Gandhi has termed "the biggest stock market scam." This underscores the party's resolve to hold the government accountable on matters of public interest.

A Unified Front
The Congress, in alliance with other parties under the India bloc, notably prevented the BJP-led NDA from securing a majority in the Lok Sabha, signaling a strengthened opposition presence in Parliament.

The day's proceedings are poised to shape the trajectory of the Congress party's role in the opposition landscape, with all eyes on the outcomes of the meetings and the potential leadership transitions they may herald.
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