Will Kerala MP K Suresh lead Congress in Lok Sabha if Rahul Gandhi says no?
With the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha having begun, on Monday, there is still no clarity on who the largest Opposition party – the Congress – would choose as its leader in Parliament’s lower House.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is still sulking over his party’s humiliating poll drubbing in the recent general elections; allowing the Grand Old Party to implode. Outlook has learnt that Rahul, who returned from his weeklong London sojourn this morning, is yet to give his accent to become the Leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress, which has 52 members in the Lower House and is the largest Opposition bloc, has time till June 19 to inform the Lok Sabha secretariat the names of its leader and chief whip. Sources say if Rahul doesn't relent, Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi could name Mavelikkara MP and former Union minister Kodikunnil Suresh as the Leader of the party in the Lok Sabha.