NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi said “Every Congress member must remember that each one of you is fighting for the Constitution, for every person in India irrespective of the color of his skin or belief”. The Congress may have just 52 MPs in the Lok Sabha but they are strong enough to take on the BJP today said Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Speaking at the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting, Rahul Gandhi said, “We are 52 MPs. I guarantee you that these 52 MPs will fight against BJP every single inch. We are enough to make BJP jump everyday.”
SONIA GANDHI ELECTED AS THE CPP LEADER
Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was elected as the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) leader today in New Delhi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi attended the CPP meeting.
The meeting was also attended by all 52 newly elected Lok Sabha MPs of the Congress alongwith the party’s Rajya Sabha MPs. The Congress leaders met to elect the party’s new CPP leader. Previously the post was held by Sonia Gandhi.
In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress will prove to be a “strong and effective” opposition party under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a tweet said, “Smt. Sonia Gandhi elected as the leader of Congress Parliamentary Party!”
Surjewala said that after being re-elected, Speaking on the occasion,Sonia Gandhi said “she thanks the “12.13 crore voters for reposing faith in the Congress party”.
The Congress party has authorised Sonia Gandhi to appoint the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha. The Congress is likely to hold a press conference at 1.30pm today.
SUSPENSE CONTINUES OVER CONGRESS LEADER IN LOK SABHA
Suspense however continues over the Congress party’s leader in the Lok Sabha. In the 16th Lok Sabha the post was held by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
However, Kharge failed to win the Lok Sabha election this time. He contested from Gulbarga, Karnataka. In his absence, the Congress has limited options for this post.
Winning just 52 seats, the Congress suffered its second most humiliating defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The worst was in 2014 when it won 44 seats.
The Congress’s poor tally in the house does not qualify it for the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
During the Congress Working Committee meeting on May 25, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had offered to resign as party president.
His offer to resign was however rejected by the CWC members.
Sonia Gandhi now has the task to find a suitable Congress MP who can lead the party in the Lok Sabha. Will it Rahul Gandhi or someone else remains to be seen.