P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh in the running to succeed Mallikarjun Kharge as leader of the opposition to Rajya Sabha | News from India

NEW DELHI: With Mallikarjun Kharge destined to become the president of Congress, former finance minister P Chidambaram e Digvijaya Singh they are in the running to succeed him as the leader of the opposition Rajya Sabhawith Singh’s nose seemingly forward.
Sources said Kharge will step down as opposition leader in line with the party’s “one man, one place” rule. He will reopen the position too soon, as Kharge was named to the top spot of Rajya Sabha in February 2021 when Ghulam Nabi Azad withdrew from Parliament.

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While Chidambaram he is the oldest of congressional MPs in the upper house, followed by Singh, many believe that the elevation of Kharge could put regional balance at stake.
“It will be difficult for both the party leader and the opposition leader in RS to be from the southern region, especially when the leader of Lok Sabha is also from the east. You may need to choose a Hindi belt leader to balance Leadership positions of Congress, “said a party source, noting that Rahul Gandhi is also now an MP from Kerala’s Lok Sabha.

Interestingly, Singh, who collected the nomination form for the election of the party president on Thursday and announced his intention to contest, withdrew on Friday. He said he can’t fight Kharge who is “my elder”.
He added: “I met with Kharge on Thursday to tell him that I will not dispute if he was going to do so. He told me he was not.”


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