Sonia proposes Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as Head of PAC; Rahul Gandhi will sit in the second row of Lok Sabha
(This story originally appeared in on July 9, 2019) NEW DELHI: It is known that the Congress Parliamentary Party proposed to the government and the President the name of its Lok Sabha floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury , as chairman of the public accounts committee. The decision was made after the president of the CPP. Sonia gandhi He chose Chowdhury for the position during internal discussions.
Traditionally, PAC chairman's post goes to the main opposition. The Speaker will make a formal announcement in consultation with the government and opposition leaders. The Congress had chairmanships of three House related to the Lok Sabha in the previous Lok Sabha and have asked for the same - chairmanship of the standing committees on finance and external affairs. He has proposed Shashi Tharoor as chairman of the House panel on external affairs. The government and the Speaker will take a final call depending on the demands of other parties. As of Monday evening, various parties have sent 23 names, including BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab . If the nominations are not reduced to 15 by withdrawal time, elections can be held.
Even though Rahul Gandhi has been occupying the seat next to Sonia gandhi in the first row of opposition benches at the beginning of the session, as per formal allocation of seats communicated by the speaker's office, could have moved back to the second row seat which had occupied in the last Lok Sabha. Sources said, the Congress has been two seats in the first row of opposition benches and TR Balu of DMK, the second largest opposition party, will occupy the third seat next to Sonia gandhi and Chowdhury in the front row. Along with Trinamool and YSRCP floor leaders, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and the leader of North Carolina can also get seats in the front row given the seniority of the former chief ministers.