Vivid News 24: The Congress has decided to continue focusing on price increases and unemployment, the China border conflict, and the most recent dispute between the Centre and the Supreme Court over the collegium system of appointing judges for the Winter Session of Parliament, which starts on Wednesday.
Rahul Gandhi and some other leaders who are with him on the “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” which is presently traveling from central to northern India, may not attend most of the session, which starts a day before important election results in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat and lasts until December 29.
However, sources said today that the list of issues was ready after the party’s strategy group meeting in the presence of Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.
It calls for a statutory minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural products. This advances a key demand of the farmers’ protest of 2020–21, which compelled the Narendra Modi administration to repeal three laws on the corporatization of agriculture.
According to additional sources, Congress is also putting the finishing touches on a nuanced position on how to handle the 10% quota for Economically Weaker Sections, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court. The exclusion of communities that are eligible for other quotas based on caste or tribal basis has become a point of debate among many circles, even though Congress has so far been satisfied with how things are.
According to sources, the party will immediately grill the administration about the most recent cyber-terrorist attack on the nation’s top medical facility, the AIIMS in Delhi.
When questioned about whether walkouts or other disruptions were part of its plan, a source responded, “We will not stall the House unless it becomes necessary.”
Instead of the new Parliament building, which was supposed to be finished by now, the session will be held in the current one. Due to the timing of the Gujarat election, the session had to be postponed by a month as well.
One more issue for the Congress is who will serve as its Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha now that Mallikarjun Kharge, who was previously the party’s national president, resigned by the one-person-one-post rule.