Ahead of Parliament session, Congress leaders to discuss strategy, Rahul Gandhi's unwillingness to continue as party president

New Delhi: A core group of Congress leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Parliament session, sources said.

Top Congress leaders including, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala and KC Venugopal, who are part of the core group headed by senior party leader AK Antony, will be present in the meeting which is slated to take place later today in the Congress war room at 15, Gurdwara Rakabganj Road, in Delhi.

 Ahead of Parliament session, Congress leaders to discuss strategy, Rahul Gandhis unwillingness to continue as party president

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi (File Photo). ANI.

However, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi will not attend the meeting as she will embark on her maiden visit to her parliamentary constituency, Rae Bareli after winning from the seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

According to sources, the party will also discuss the appointment of leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha and Congress president Rahul Gandhi's unwillingness to continue as party president.

Besides Rahul, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari, Berhampore MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi among others are some probable names who would lead the party in Lok Sabha. The appointment will be finalised by Sonia.

Mallikarjun Kharge, who was elected as leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha during 2014-19, is not in the race after losing the Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga constituency.

Besides this, the party leaders would decide on the names for the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) secretary, chief whip and two other whips and the deputy leader in Lok Sabha. On 1 June, Sonia was elected as the leader of CPP for the fourth consecutive term after the General elections. The first meeting of 17th Lok Sabha members will take place on 17 June. Newly elected members will take oath on 17 and 18 June. The Speaker's election will be held on 19 June. The budget will be presented on 5 July.

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Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019 11:49:24 IST