Bengal leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Congress party chief in Lok Sabha
18th June 2019
Bengal Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will be the next leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha. The post was earlier held by Mallikarjun Kharge. The Congress party, however, remained tight-lipped officially on his appointment. A meeting of the Congress top brass, including Sonia Gandhi and party chief Rahul Gandhi, was held in Delhi on Tuesday to decide the strategy on key matters such as Lok Sabha speaker’s election and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to discuss the ‘one nation, one election’ issue. The decision to elevate Adhir as the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha was taken at this meeting. Chowdhury is a five-time MP from West Bengal and has not lost the Lok Sabha election since 1999. He currently represents the Berhampore Lok Sabha constituency in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Senior Congress leaders A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, K Suresh and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury were among those present at the meeting held at Sonia Gandhi’s residence 10, Janpath. Sources said the meeting, chaired by Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi and attended by Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, discussed the strategy to be adopted by the party during the meeting called by the prime minister. Mallikarjun Kharge, who was leading the party in the previous Lok Sabha, lost his seat in the 2019 elections. This has forced the party to choose another candidtate. Congress has won 51 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections, making it the largest party in the House after BJP.