Congress follower Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury may be substituted as the leader of Lok Sabha by party president Sonia Gandhi, just two weeks before the monsoon session of the Parliament, in what can be observed as an endeavor to be intimate with the Trinamool Congress to invigorate the Opposition.
In West Bengal, the Congress and the Left Front had battled the assembly elections cooperatively, but collapsed as only one seat was secured by their ally ISF, the Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front party from the Sanjukta Morcha. However, during the poll phase, the Congress leadership didn’t directly strike at TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Therefore, the Congress’ choice to replace Chowdhury as the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha is being advertised as the party’s venture to implement a significant step to build familiarity with Banerjee, the Indian Express reported. However, the prolonged MP from Berhampore, Chowdhury, has been condemning her government in West Bengal.
By displacing Chowdhury, Congress is reportedly hoping to consolidate better ties with Banerjee and the TMC at the ground level and simultaneously challenge the Bengal Governor, Jagdeep Dhankar.
The Express report quoted sources saying that the TMC may approach the Congress and other opposition parties to write to the President seeking summon of the Governor.
Chowdhury, who was the profile of the Congress for the Bengal polls, soon after the fiasco had said that the party “couldn’t afford to stay cocooned on social media but had to hit the street” and also actively assisted in relief work for Covid-19 victims.
Though there are no reports on who will substitute Chowdhury, it is being detailed that Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor and Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari are among the forerunners.
While Chowdhury was one of the biggest pundits of the G-23 group of leaders, who had written seeking substantial changes in the party organization, and supported the Gandhis, both Tharoor and Tewari were cosigners to the letter.
However, there is little chance of Rahul Gandhi to challenge the lead. In case the Congress appoints either Tharoor or Tewari for the position, it can be a way to restore harmony.
Recently, Chowdhury, who is the Leader of Congress party in the Lok Sabha and Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the Parliament, said, “Congress never had a partnership with the Indian Secular Front (ISF) in Bengal. We only had an association with the CPI (M). The image of the Congress party was contaminated due to the ISF. They (ISF) placed candidates against Congress in Murshidabad. This marked that we never had any pre-poll understanding with the ISF.”