Rahul Gandhi appointed leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Congress senior leader KC Venugopal made the announcement saying, “CPP chairperson Sonia Gandhi wrote to Pro-tem Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab informing the decision of appointment of Rahul Gandhi as the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, other office bearers will be decided later.”

The decision was taken after INDIA bloc leaders met at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence on Tuesday. 

Rahul Gandhi has been an MP for five terms and currently represents the Rae Bareli constituency in the Lok Sabha. He took oath as an MP on Tuesday while holding a copy of the Constitution.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi won two Lok Sabha seats – Wayanad in Kerala, and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. Following protocol, Rahul Gandhi vacated the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat and Congress fielded Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as their candidate for the seat. This also marks Priyanka Gandhi’s electoral debut. 

Rahul Gandhi had been urged by party leaders to take up the Leader of Opposition post in the Lok Sabha. 

The Congress, being the single largest opposition party, gets the post of opposition leader after a gap of 10 years. It had failed to get the 10 per cent members required in the Lok Sabha to secure the post in the last two elections.

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Published: 25 Jun 2024, 09:34 PM IST