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Sonia Gandhi Calls Parliament Strategy Group Meet, Decision Likely on Leadership Change in LS

Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of the party’s parliamentary party. Members have forwarded names of leaders like Manish Tiwari and Shashi Tharoor to replace Chowdhury in LS.

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New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of the party’s Parliament Strategy Group on Tuesday to discuss the various issues to be taken up by the party during the monsoon session of Parliament beginning July 19.

Sources said that any decision on change of Congress leader in Lok Sabha will be taken after the meeting, which will discuss the party’s strategy to take on the government during the parliament session.

Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (ANI Photo)

The Congress party is contemplating nominating a new leader in Lok Sabha to replace Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who currently holds multiple posts. Adhir is the current president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee and chairperson of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

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While ANI sources say that there will be no change in the team as of now as all the members of the strategy group are being called for the meeting including the leader of the party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. “The decision is expected to be taken only after this meeting. It will be taken by Congress President only,” the party leader said.

Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of the party’s parliamentary party. Members have forwarded names of leaders like Manish Tiwari and Shashi Tharoor to replace Chowdhury in LS.

The sources said that the party may opt for the ‘One Person One Post’ formula and this would entail finding a replacement for Chowdhury soon.

Asked if Rahul Gandhi could be the party’s leader in Lok Sabha in place of Chowdhury, the senior leader denied the possibility. “Other names can be considered for the post only after the meeting. Till then we can only speculate,” he said. Speaking on the issue earlier, another senior leader had termed reports of change in party’s leader in Lok Sabha as “premature, unfounded”.

The monsoon session of parliament will continue till August 13.

(with inputs from ANI)

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