“Rahul Gandhi has been working for passage of these bills and it was only to fulfill the promises made to the people rather than scoring any political points,” he said, while addressing his monthly press conference here.

He said this decision was taken at the Congress Core Group meeting held earlier in the day.

The bills likely to be pushed during the session are the Public Procurement Bill, the Prevention of Corruption Act (Amendment) Bill, the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, the Right of Citizens for Time-bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill and the Whistleblowers Protection Bill.

To a question as to whom did Congress find as bigger challenge -- Narendra Modi or Arvind Kejriwal -- Shinde said ‘none’, and added that the Congress had weathered many storms during its 128-year-long history.

"We were ruled out of power in 2004 as we had just faced defeat in six states. However, we came to power and continue till date," he said.

Asked whether the AICC session on January 17 was to announce Rahul Gandhi as prime ministerial candidate, Shinde said, "We have always been saying this that we need him and so does the country."


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