Sources revealed that the much-delayed election for the Congress president’s post will be held after the Monsoon session of Parliament. Sources revealed that former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath is the frontrunner to be the next Congress president.
This assumes significance as Congress’ longest-serving president Sonia Gandhi has not been very active in the public domain and had skipped campaigning for the recently concluded Assembly elections in Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and West Bengal.
Rahul Gandhi assumed charge as Congress Party President in December 2017. Following a series of defeats in state elections combined with the disastrous performance of Congress in the 2019 General elections, Rahul Gandhi announced his decision to step down. After attempts to persuade him to take back his resignation failed, Sonia Gandhi assumed interim charge in August 2019. Meanwhile in the monsoon session of Parlimaent, the Congress will seek to corner the government on the issues of Covid mismanagement, border disputes with China, farmers’ agitation, the Rafale deal and fuel prices in the upcoming session of Parliament, with party leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Mallikarjun Kharge leading the charge in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively.
Sources said the issues to be raised during the monsoon session of Parliament starting July 19 were discussed at a meeting of the Congress parliamentary strategy group on Wednesday, which was chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi and attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi.