Congress Parliamentary Party discusses issues to be raised in upcoming session

The CPP meeting has been called hours before a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC)

Congress Parliamentary Party  discusses issues to be raised in upcoming session

New Delhi: The Parliamentary strategy group of Congress on Sunday discussed the issues to be raised in the upcoming Parliament session. The meeting of the parliamentary strategy group of Congress called by Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi was held at 10 am at 10 Janpath on Sunday. Earlier, the meeting was scheduled for 10.30 am.

LoP Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, said, "We will try to raise the issues of inflation, unemployment, MSP for farmers and medical students returning from Ukraine".  

This is the first meeting after the drubbing in the five state assembly elections. The CPP meeting will be held hours before a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to discuss the poll debacle in five states and the current political situation. The CWC meeting is scheduled for 4 pm.

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, K Suresh and Jairam Ramesh arrived at 10, Janpath. "Congress parliamentary strategy group meeting The meeting is to chalk out the strategy for the second part of the Budget session of Parliament commencing tomorrow", says K Suresh.

Congress failed to retain Punjab under the leadership of former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi. He lost from two assembly constituencies.  Also, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu lost to AAP's Jeevanjot Kaur from the Amritsar East constituency. 

Despite her high-pitched campaign in Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Vadra, the Congress could manage to win only two of the 403 assembly seats with the vote share plummeting to a meagre 2.33 per cent and most of its candidates losing security deposits.

After the defeat, discontent within Congress party is growing. Senior Congress leader and MP, Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said the party could not avoid change while his colleague Jaiveer Shergill appealed for reform and warned against "sugar-coating" the loss.

Soon after Congress's dismal performance in the five states elections, Congress ‘G-23’ (dissident) leaders met at senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's residence on Friday evening.

Former Union Ministers Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari, Anand Sharma held meeting at Azad’s residence.

All four are part of the "G-23" or group of 23 "dissident" leaders who had written to party president Sonia Gandhi two years ago, calling for sweeping organisational changes and a "visible and full-time leadership" to tackle the Congress' unending run of election disasters.