Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, expressing her party’s concerns regarding the upcoming Special Parliament Session. In her correspondence, Gandhi requested the Prime Minister to provide clarity on the session’s agenda, as neither her party nor its allies have been informed about it. She underscored a range of critical issues, including the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigation into the Adani case, the territorial disputes between India and China, and the immediate need for a caste census in Bihar.
Gandhi affirmed her party’s commitment to the greater good of the public and confirmed the participation of the Congress and its opposition allies in the session. She expressed hope for constructive cooperation during the parliamentary proceedings.
The Congress had previously announced its intention to attend the special Parliament session alongside its allies from the INDIA bloc. Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Modi serves as a formal request for the session’s agenda and an opportunity to raise crucial issues.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, in a press conference, stated, “We (INDIA alliance parties) have decided not to boycott the special session of Parliament. This is an opportunity for us to raise the issues of the people. It was also decided during the INDIA alliance meeting that Sonia Gandhi will write a letter to PM Modi, apprising her of the discussions held.”
Sonia Gandhi, in her capacity as the Congress’ Parliamentary Party Chairperson, convened a meeting with the party’s Parliamentary strategy group on Tuesday. Reports confirmed that the Congress would not boycott the special session scheduled to take place from September 18 to September 22.
Furthermore, during a meeting of floor leaders at Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence on Tuesday evening, discussions centered on government officials using “Bharat” instead of “India.” This issue emerged following a controversy surrounding a G20 dinner invitation that referred to Droupadi Murmu as the President of “Bharat” instead of “India.” INDIA alliance parties have signaled their intent to oppose any efforts to remove “India” from the Constitution.