Congress on Monday staged a walkout from Lok Sabha complaining "lack of business" and said debate on several major issues sought by it was getting a back seat with only matters raised by the government given priority.
The political crisis in Assam further deepened when 32 Congress MLAs led by State`s Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma quit on Monday demanding the immediate ouster of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
The Assam unit of the Congress party is apparently divided over the continuation of Tarun Gogoi as Chief Minister as over 40 dissident MLAs have threatened to dislodge him as the leader of Congress Legislature Party (ACLP) if the central leadership fails to pay heed to their demand.
Congress Tuesday slammed the Railway Budget as "pro-rich" with former Railway Minster Mallikarjun Kharge insisting that it is bereft of any new scheme, plan or railway line and seeks to please the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
There were differences of opinion within the party over the demand for a change in the leadership, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Tuesday, after an hour-long meeting with party observer Mallikarjun Kharge.
The Congress leadership appears to be in no hurry on any change of guard in Maharashtra while in Assam, AICC observer Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday urged party members to work unitedly at a time when Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is facing rebellion.
Despite a strong demand for Rahul Gandhi to head the party in the Parliament, the Congress on Monday declared that former railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge would be the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha.
In this backward northern region of Karnataka, the Congress is hopeful of bucking the anti-incumbency trend haunting its UPA government by riding on the fortunes of Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.