New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh Saturday informed that party’s former leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi may skip the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament due to ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra.’
Jairam Ramesh further said that the Congress supports reservation in education and employment for Economically Backward Class (EWS) in all communities without disturbing the existing reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).
During the Winter Session, the Congress might also select a replacement for the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, a position earlier occupied by the party’s new president Mallikarjun Kharge, who quit at the time of filing nomination for organisational election to adhere to the party policy of ‘one man, one post’.
The upcoming Winter Session of Parliament is likely to be held from December 7 to December 29, this year. There will be a total of 17 working days in the upcoming Winter Session.
This will be the first session during which Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, will officiate proceedings in the Upper House.
The government will be drawing up a list of Bills to be passed during the upcoming session while the Opposition will demand a discussion on pressing matters.
Meanwhile, the Bharat Jodo Yatra has entered its 66th day on Saturday. The Congress’ foot march started on September 7 from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari.
Currently, the ‘Yatra’ is in Maharashtra where several Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena (Thackeray faction) leaders participated. A day earlier, Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray joined the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ to walk alongside Rahul Gandhi.
In Maharashtra, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will stay for 14 days, walking 381 km through 15 Assembly and 6 parliamentary constituencies.