Newly-elected Lok Sabha MPs of the Congress on Saturday met for the first time where they elected Sonia Gandhi as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP). At the CPP meeting was chaired by Sonia Gandhi, all 52 Lok Sabha MPs were present, besides its members in the Rajya Sabha. Gandhi, who represents Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli in Lok Sabha, is the chairperson of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The meeting was held in the central hall of Parliament and was attended by INC president Rahul Gandhi. Here, MPs also chalked out its strategy for the upcoming session of Parliament. On Twitter, Randeep Singh Surjewala wrote "Smt. Sonia Gandhi elected as the leader of Congress Parliamentary Party! She says, ‘we thank the 12.13 Cr voters for reposing faith in the Congress Party’."In its first meeting after the constitution of the 17th Lok Sabha, the Congress MPs elected Sonia their leader in the Lower House.
This was the first official meeting that Congress president Rahul Gandhi attended after the meeting of the party's working committee held on May 25, where he offered to quit as Congress chief.
The CWC has already rejected his offer to resign and unanimously passed a resolution authorising him to bring structural changes in the party at all levels in a bid to revamp it.