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Anand Sharma hangs on

leader of which house?

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ANAND Sharma, a former Congress minister, thinks he is still in power. It’s a long-cherished desire of his to be the leader of the Congress party in the Rajya Sabha. But things are not too smooth in the Congress, even if someone is claimed to be the most competent leader. Sharma is known for his English writing as well as Hindi speeches. So there is nothing wrong if he thinks that he is the obvious choice to be the Leader of the House. As the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, was away campaigning for the Jammu & Kashmir elections, Sharma did not let the opportunity go and masqueraded as the Leader of the Opposition in the House. Not only this, he reportedly went around saying that he was the Leader and that, to address the Opposition, the government should talk to him. The ruling dispensation retorted that he was not even the Leader of his own party in the House, let alone the Opposition. Then he claimed he was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Finally, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien, had to make it clear that there was no such post according to the Constitution. But who can make Sharma believe that reputation is not claimed but earned and one cannot earn it in a day. This is not commerce, Anand!

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