Gandhi has been elected to Parliament from Kerala's Wayanad. He had also contested from his family borough of Uttar Pradesh's Amethi but was defeated by BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani by a margin of over 55,000 votes.
Former Union Health Minister Nadda, who rose from the ranks of an ABVP leader, has carved his own space in national politics with his low profile and shrewd organisational skills, his aides here say.
Addressing the media after the party's parliamentary board meeting at the BJP headquarters here, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: "At the meeting today, Amit Shah said that he was unable to give enough time to the party, as he was also in-charge of the Union Home Ministry."
A Trinamool Congress legislator and 15 councilors of the party in West Bengal joined the BJP.
Congress' data analytics chief Praveen Chakravarty dismissed as "mischievous" and "defamatory" media reports on the department's role in the Lok Sabha polls.
The mention of Swami Purna Chetnanand Avdheshanand Giri as suffix to her name Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur evoked sharp reaction from the Opposition members who said that such a thing was not permitted.
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath has met Home Minister Amit Shah and asked him to release over Rs 800 crore as central grant to check crime against women and children in his state more effectively.
The Congress currently has 25 MLAs in state Assembly, while the BJP has 61 and its allies Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People's Front have 14 and 12 members respectively. The AIUDF has 13 members in the House and there is one Independent.
The main opposition party said not a single farmer has got loan waiver benefit of Rs 2 lakh as announced under the scheme by the Congress government, which assumed office in December last year.
Alleging that the Modi government used Parliament as a "rubber stamp" during its previous tenure, the Congress hoped that this trend is reversed and key bills are not pushed without legislative scrutiny using "brute majority".
Senior TDP leader and former minister E Peddi Reddy, a two-time MLA, said he plans to join the BJP soon.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said his ministry was committed to save it with all necessary inputs at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 14).
Among the leaders vying for a Rajya Sabha ticket were former Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani, former Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, former bureaucrat Amar Patnaik, and former Balasore MP Rabinda Jena, who lost the just- concluded polls.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi took oath as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha after he won the election from Wayanad in Kerala.
Asserting that there are "serious doubts" over EVM, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily has sought a referendum on whether it should be used in the electoral process or ballot papers be brought back.