Sonia Gandhi’s decision to appoint five-term Berhampore MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha after Rahul Gandhi refused to take on the responsibility surprised many. With the party suffering from a continuing bout of poll debacle stress disorder, the Congress strongman from Bengal’s Murshidabad has a much larger and unenviable national role to play—put Narendra Modi’s government in the dock on crucial issues in Parliament. He spoke to Puneet Nicholas Yadav on the challenges ahead. Edited excerpts:
Did your appointment as CPP leader in the Lok Sabha come as a surprise?
Certainly, I was surprised. At our strategy meeting, Soniaji took me aside and told me that she wanted me to lead the party. I was taken aback. It is a humongous task and I don’t want to let the party down.
You have been a very vocal parliamentarian. Is that something you would want your party colleagues to emulate considering the dire situation that the...