Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament starting July 19, the Parliamentary Committee on Defense Affairs met on Wednesday. Many Congress MPs, including Rahul Gandhi, left the meeting midway and walked out. The Congress MP wanted to discuss the incident in Ladakh’s Doklam last year, while the chairman of the committee was not in favor of it. In protest, Congress leaders boycotted the meeting.
Recently some media reports said that China is strengthening itself in the areas around Doklam. In such a situation, the Congress wanted it to be discussed in detail in the Defense Committee meeting, but the chairman refused to accept it. After which all the Congress MPs including Rahul got up and left.
In December last year too, Rahul got up and left from the Defense Committee meeting. During that time CDS Bipin Rawat was informing all the members about the uniform of the armed forces, when Rahul interrupted them and raised the issue of China. He asked what is India’s preparation in Ladakh? On this, Chairman Jual Oram interrupted him. Due to which angry Rahul sat and left.
He later complained about this by writing a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and said that we are not being allowed to speak in the meeting.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury may continue as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Amid speculations about his removal, party sources indicated that he is likely to continue in the post. Sources say that there has been no change in his post in the Lok Sabha as of now. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will continue to be the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha in this session. Earlier there were rumors that Congress might replace Chaudhary with someone else.
Questions are being raised on Adhir Chaudhary since the Congress could not open its account in the West Bengal Assembly elections. Choudhary is also the President of Bengal Congress. The party’s West Bengal general secretary Rohan Mitra on Wednesday quit saying that he had been humiliated by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and his Adhir Sena faction. In a letter to Choudhary, Mitra has said that the sycophants around you have not only brought you down, but they are also the cause of the party’s bad condition in the state. There is no clear indication of the party’s revival in future.
The party’s Parliamentary Strategy Group held a meeting through video conferencing on Wednesday. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Manish Tewari, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Naresh, K Suresh and other MPs participated in this. In this meeting, a strategy was made to surround the government on the farmers’ agitation in the monsoon session and the increased prices of petrol and diesel. Earlier it was being told that Rahul is not able to attend the meeting. Later they too joined it.