Acting like a chicken with its head cut-off, the Congress on Saturday re-elected Sonia Gandhi as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP). The meeting, held for the first time after Lok Sabha elections debacle, was attended by all 52 newly-elected LS Congress MPs.
Italy born Sonia’s name was proposed by Gandhi family’s loyalist former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
She’s expected to choose the name the leader of the party in parliament. Her son Rahul Gandhi is most likely to be chosen for the job to keep it in the family, say sources.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the Parliamentary meet congratulated mother Sonia for being elected as the leader of elected Congress MPs and said the 52 lawmakers of the party will fight the BJP every day as they have the responsibility to “fight for every single Indian”.
He instructed Congress politicians to aggressively combat the rival party – the BJP.
Rahul and the elected MPs in the Congress Parliamentary meeting also deliberated about the party’s future course of action to stay relevant and survive as a ‘challenging opposition’.
Following Congress’s humiliating rout in the recently-concluded election, Rahul had been portraying that he is adamant to resign and continue as a party worker.
Several family loyalists and old leaders with the likes of Lalu Prasad, P Chidamabaram, Shashi Tharoor have come out in Rahul’s support.