New Delhi: Newly appointed Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge will continue as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha for now. As per a report by news agency PTI citing its sources, the party is yet to take a decision on his resignation which he had submitted while contesting the Congress president poll.
“Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will engage with opposition parties not just as the president of the Congress party but also as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha,” All India Congress Committee general secretary, communications, Jairam Ramesh said when asked about Kharge.
There was no discussion on Kharge’s continuation as the Leader of Opposition at the parliamentary strategy group meeting held at Sonia Gandhi’s residence Saturday evening, he said, reported the news agency.
“Sonia ji is chairperson of our Parliamentary party and Kharge ji is president of our party. This issue cannot be discussed in a committee meeting. Whatever action is to be taken, our Parliamentary party chief will decide,” he told reporters.
The Congress president had sent his resignation to the chairperson of the Congress parliamentary party Sonia Gandhi in October, when he was contesting the Congress President’s election.
As per the report citing sources many of the senior Congress leaders are participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra and may skip the winter session of Parliament and thus no decision on the issue was taken.
Among the contenders for the post of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha are senior party leaders Digvijaya Singh, P Chidambaram and KC Venugopal.
Meanwhile the party is scheduled to hold its meeting of the steering committee formed by Kharge today. As per reports, the steering committee meeting will discuss the party’s organisational matters and holding of the Plenary session at the earliest.