Sonia Gandhi has been selected the chairperson of the Congress’s elected parliamentarians at the meeting of the party’s parliamentary committee today (Saturday, June 1) morning.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had proposed her name. Now the big question in front of the party is ‘Who will be party president’, as Rahul Gandhi has offered his resignation letter, which has not been accepted yet but Rahul is adamant on his decision of leaving the post.
The suspense is now over whom the chairperson names as the leader of the party in parliament – her son Rahul Gandhi, who wants to step down as the party chief, or another member.
“Sonia Gandhi elected as the leader of Congress Parliamentary Party! She says, ‘we thank the 12.13 Cr voters for reposing faith in the Congress Party,” chief spokesperson of the Congress Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter.
She applauded the ‘kaaryakartas’ as frontline soldiers whose resilience ensured 12.3 crore votes. She also thanked the voters, calling a vote for Congress as a vote to safeguard the Constitution.
She praised Rahul Gandhi saying, “As Congress president, he has given his all and toiled night and day for the Congress party. He demonstrated his fearless leadership, by taking the Modi government head on.”
Addressing the leaders present in the CCP meeting, Rahul Gandhi said, “We have 52 lawmakers, we will fight the BJP every single every day. You have to understand who you are first. You are fighting for every single Indian. Hatred cowardice and anger is fighting against you.”
He also added, “BJP says we want a congress freedom because they have no opposition and do this with love and compassion.”
“You have to be more aggressive. I would be happy if the old faces were here and they are ideologically with us,” he stressed.
“We will try and rejuvenate ourselves and we can do it,” Rahul said.
This is Rahul Gandhi’s first meeting with party leaders since he announced his decision to step down as the party chief and asked them to choose a non-Gandhi member to succeed him, at the meeting of the Congress’s top decision-making body exactly a week ago.