As Rahul remains reluctant, Congress chooses Adhir Chowdhury as Lok Sabha leader
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid party chief Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance to take up the post, the Congress has reportedly decided on five-time MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s name as its leader in the Lok Sabha.
According to reports, the decision was taken during a strategy meeting of the party's brass that was chaired by Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi. However, the party is yet to confirm it officially.
When asked, Chowdhury said the issue of who would lead the Congress in the Lower House of Parliament was not discussed at a meeting of party leaders at Sonia Gandhi's residence.
The Congress failed to get the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as it did not get the benchmark 10 per cent seats required to stake claim for the post.
This is the second time in a row that the grand old party has failed to get the post.
Chowdhury is a five-time MP from West Bengal and has not lost the Lok Sabha election since 1999.
He currently represents the Berhampore Lok Sabha constituency in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
Chowdhury has also been a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 1999.
He has been the chief of the West Bengal Congress and was also the Minister of State for Railways during the UPA government from 2012 to 2014.
Chowdhury's fighting spirit has helped him win the confidence of his party.
Mallikarjun Kharge was the leader of the Congress in the previous Lok Sabha, but he lost the election this time, forcing the party to decide on another name.
During the meeting of the top brass, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the party also decided the strategy on key matters such as Lok Sabha speaker's election and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to discuss the 'one nation, one election' issue.
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