NEW DELHI: At an online meeting on January 28 to discuss strategy for the Parliament’s Budget Session, Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked the party’s Lok Sabha floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to give chance to others, too, to participate in debates. For those present at the meeting, the intervention underlined how Gandhi closely follows the party’s affairs in Parliament.
People aware of the matter said she gives necessary inputs and directions on parliamentary matters even as Rahul Gandhi mostly handles organisational issues. At a meeting before the Winter Session, Sonia Gandhi indicated she does not want Chowdhury to be replaced as the floor leader while calling him a “real fighter”. She said he makes some mistakes while speaking in Parliament, but also reads a lot and knows the rules and procedures well.
At the January 28 meeting, Sonia Gandhi asked Manish Tewari about his mood smilingly. Tewari, who has been unhappy with the party affairs in poll-bound Punjab, grinned and replied, “I am absolutely fine, ma’am.”