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    Indian Leader Rahul Gandhi’s Reluctance to Lead Party in Parliament Amuses Netizens

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    New Delhi (Sputnik):  Just after the newly elected members of the Indian Parliament’s lower house were sworn-in, India’s opposition Congress Party on Wednesday elected five-time MP from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the leader in the Parliament’s lower chamber.

    The leader of India’s opposition Congress Party has left a lot of people on social media amused for not showing the gumption to lead his party in Parliament.

    The Indian parliament recently started its 17th five-year term after the 2019 general elections.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who has been disheartened since his party was humbled in the elections, winning just 52 seats in the 543-member house, is facing flak from a section of netizens.

    The lampooning started after Congress appointed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to lead the party in the Parliament’s lower house.

    Choudhary being elected as Congress leader in the lower house left many surprised today as it was thought Gandhi would at least lead the party in Parliament.

    Some also questioned Chowdhury’s selection, given his credentials as being a staunch opponent of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

    However, there were many who backed Chowdhury’s selection for the post, citing it as a strategic move in view of his vast experience in Indian politics.

    The Congress Party has the distinction of having run the Indian government for decades since Indian independence in 1947. The United Progressive Alliance, led by the Congress Party, was in power for two successive five-year terms before the BJP-led government came to power in 2014.

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