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Adhir Ranjan Chourdhary trying hard, but is it hard enough?

by | Feb 12, 2022 | India

The Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is yet to make a mark and gain the confidence of the party leadership.
Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress president Sonia Gandhi attended Parliament quite regularly in the last few days of the first half of the budget session. One of the reasons being that Rahul Gandhi was away campaigning and had to skip the Lok Sabha sittings. Sonia Gandhi is a keen listener of debates in the Lok Sabha. She is also seen prompting party colleagues with inputs whenever required.
Participating in the general discussion on the Budget in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury attacked the government on a number of issues, including reducing the budget for MNREGA, a flagship rural employment guarantee scheme, which was brought by the UPA government to address the unemployment issue.
While Chowdhury initially mentioned this achievement only, Sonia Gandhi, sitting next to him in the front bench of the opposition side, prompted him to talk about Right to Information, Right to Education, Right to Health and other milestones of the previous Congress-led UPA government also.
Chowdhury also has the habit of giving a running commentary when members of the treasury benches or the ruling side are talking. On Monday (February 7), giving reply to the discussion on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to stop his speech and ask Chowdhury to not interrupt him.
The Prime Minister told Chowdhury that he should not overdo interruptions and that his efforts have been noted by his party leaders.
“Your performance was fine. Those who wanted to register your efforts have already done so. Why are you overdoing it? I guarantee you that no one will remove you during this session,” Modi added.
There is a context to it. Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament last year, there was a strong buzz that the Congress leadership would remove Chowdhury as the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha. However, it didn’t happen and he continues to hold the post.
In a veiled reference to former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Modi further remarked: “Voh toh bol kay bhaag jaate hain, jhelna inko padta hai (they just run away after making remarks, but these guys have to face the brunt).”

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