Azad made leader of Cong in RS

Azad made leader of Cong in RS

Tired with politics of experiments, the Congress has turned to veterans to guide it in Parliament. On Sunday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi appointed Ghulam Nabi Azad as the Leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha. Senior leader Anand Sharma would be Azad’s deputy.

The Congress is the largest party in Rajya Sabha and Azad would rightfully get the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House.

The Congress has 67 members in the 245-member House, thereby meeting the requirement of having 10 per cent of the total strength of the House to get the post of Leader of the Opposition.

In the Lok Sabha too, the Congress president preferred party veterans for key posts. Former railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh were appointed as the leader and deputy leader respectively.

However, the job of co-ordinating with party members was entrusted with the young brigade. While Jyotiraditya Scindia was appointed as the chief whip in Lok Sabha, K C Venugopal and Deepender Hooda were named as whips.

Azad, who contested the Lok Sabha election from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and lost by over 60,000 votes, is a party veteran and one of the senior most members in the Rajya Sabha.

While Sonia remains the Chairperson of the Congress Party in Parliament, it is for the first time that a member of the family would not hold any direct post in either of the Houses while being at the helm of affairs in the organisation.

Gandhi’s choice of leaders to be the face of the party in Parliament is a clear indication that she has had enough of experiments in the organisation carried out by her son Rahul Gandhi.

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