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Sonia Gandhi re-elected as Congress parliamentary party chairperson

Former Congress president and senior leader Sonia Gandhi was unanimously re-elected as the chairperson of the Congress parliamentary party on Saturday.

The development came mere hours after the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution seeking the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

At a meeting of party MPs, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge proposed Sonia Gandhi’s name as the chairperson of the parliamentary party. The proposal was seconded by Gaurav Gogoi, K. Sudhakaran, and Tariq Anwar. Sonia Gandhi, 77, was elected to the Rajya Sabha in February.

“Kharge ji proposed the appointment of Sonia Gandhi as the chairperson of the CPP during today’s meeting. We have unanimously elected her as the chairperson of the CPP. Now the CPP chairperson has to decide about the leader of the Lok Sabha,” said Congress leader Manickam Tagore after the meeting.

The Lok Sabha has incidentally functioned without a Leader of Opposition since 2014, as no party managed to secure the requisite seats to assume the role. Congress candidates defied analyst expectations during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections — securing 99 seats and becoming eligible to hold the LoP role for the first time since 2014.

An opposition party is required to secure at least 10% of the total seats in the House in order to become eligible for the post.

Earlier, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously urged Rahul Gandhi to take on the mantle of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, and he told the party’s top brass that he will make a decision on it “very soon”.

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