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In Congress’s Search For New Lok Sabha Leader, A “G-23” Twist

Congress to switch Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as chief in Lok Sabha (File)

New Delhi:

Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury can be changed because the celebration’s chief of within the Lok Sabha and a few leaders of G23 — dissenters who wrote an explosive letter to Sonia Gandhi final 12 months — are contenders for the publish, sources mentioned.  Sources mentioned Rahul Gandhi won’t be the chief of the celebration within the Lok Sabha. Monsoon session of parliament begins on July 19.

Those that are within the working for the publish embrace Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tiwari. The names of Gaurav Gogoi, Ravneet Singh Bittu and Uttam Kumar Reddy are additionally being thought of, sources mentioned.

Of them, Mr Tharoor and Manish Tewari belong to the G-23, who despatched the primary important letter to the celebration in August final 12 months, flagging a drift within the management and demanding sweeping organisational adjustments. The letter triggered an inner storm and the leaders finally ended up dropping the assorted celebration positions they held.

Probably the most distinguished of them was Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was dropped as a normal secretary although he remained a part of the Congress Working Committee, the celebration’s high decision-making panel. Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni and Mallikarjun Kharge have been additionally eliminated as normal secretaries of the All India Congress Committee.

Hypothesis in regards to the removing of Mr Chowdhury has been on for lengthy.
Celebration sources, nonetheless, mentioned it’s being finished because the “One man one publish” rule can be rigorously enforced now.

Mr Chowdhury is each chief of the Bengal Congress in addition to the celebration’s Chief within the Lok Sabha. Others who maintain two posts may even be relieved of 1, sources mentioned.

The celebration has referred to as for a technique session for parliament on July 15.

Sources mentioned the Congress will demand an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the Rafale deal.  

The Rafale problem, which had misplaced steam after the Congress defeat within the 2019 Lok Sabha election, has acquired recent life after  a French court docket ordered an investigation into alleged “corruption and favouritism” within the Rs 59,000-crore deal.

The Congress has since been claiming that it’s a vindication of its corruption allegations in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his authorities.

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