Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi to miss first part of Parliament session

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Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi will not be available for the first part of Parliament session that begins from Monday. She has left for her annual health checkup in the United States.

Sonia Gandhi is likely to stay in the US for about two weeks, but her son ( Rahul Gandhi), who is accompanying her will return after a couple of days.

Before leaving, Sonia Gandhi held meeting with the key leaders from her party and directed them to co-ordinate between the houses and raise key issues during the session.

The party is likely to raise issues like economic slowdown and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the Centre, in parliament.

She also made some key reforms in the party before leaving; the leaders who had written letter and questioned over Gandhis leadership have been removed from their posts.

The most notable of the leaders removed from the post of party general secretary is Ghulam Nabi Azad, the de-facto leader of a group of 23 senior party men, who had written to Mrs Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the party's organisational structure.

Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni and Mallikarjun Kharge were also removed as general secretaries of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in the Friday shuffle by Mrs Gandhi.

P Chidambaram, Tariq Anwar, Randeep Surjewala, and Jitendra Singh have been named as the regular members of the reconstituted Congress Working Committee. Randeep Singh Surjewala, a Rahul Gandhi loyalist, has been named general secretary in charge of Karnataka.

Parliament monsoon session will begin from September 14 this year and according to a report, MPs with an age of more than 65 years are likely to miss the session as well.