Sonia Gandhi will be chairperson of Congress MPs
June 2, 2019
There is still no clarity about whether Rahul Gandhi will be the Congress party's leader in Parliament. A crucial meeting of party's MPs ended on Saturday after choosing Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson.
Rahul Gandhi has refused to reverse his decision to step down as party chief despite repeated appeals from the Congress. He has also refused to meet leaders who have come to his house to push for him to stay.
In an address to Congress MPs he said the party still has 52 MPs in Parliament and that he would fight the BJP every day.
You have to understand who you are first. You are fighting for every single Indian. Hatred cowardice and anger is fighting against you... You have to be more aggressive. The Congress Party may have just 52 Lok Sabha members, but we will work together like a pride of brave hearted lions to protect our Constitution & Institutions & to fearlessly do our duty as the leading Opposition party. The BJP will have no walkover in Parliament. - Rahul Gandhi, President, Congress party
The position of Leader of the Congress was earlier held by senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Kharge lost the election this time.
Rahul Gandhi's close aide, Jyotiraditya Scindia also lost the election from Guna, Madhya Pradesh. Many senior leaders of the party lost the election this time. Gandhi had announced his decision to resign soon after, during the meeting of the party's working committee last Saturday.
Sonia Gandhi has made it clear that she is concerned about who will occupy the top post in the Congress at a speech to party leaders. She thanked her son for "toiling night and day and taking on the Modi government... raising concerns about all sections of society and helped the party win in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. As we speak, emotional messages are coming for his continuation (as the party chief). The Congress Working Committee met to deliberate the issue and must take steps".
Sonia Gandhi was chosen as chairperson of the Congress's elected MPs at a meeting of the party's parliamentary committee after former prime minister Manmohan Singh proposed her name. The suspense is now over whom the chairperson names as the leader of the party in Parliament - her son Rahul or another member.