Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a five-time Congress MP from Baharampore, West Bengal, has been chosen as party leader in Lok Sabha.
His name was cleared by the party’s top leadership and a letter of consent regarding his appointment was handed over to the Lok Sabha secretariat.
He follows the path of Pranab Mukherjee and Late PriyaRanjan Das Munshi, who were also chosen as Congress party leader for Lok Sabha and were from West Bengal.
After his appointment he took the first row of opposition benches in the house and he was seated next to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The grand old party failed to secure the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as Congress did not secure the requisite 10 per cent seats in the house required for the post. This is second time in a row that the Grand Old Party has failed to get the post.
In 16thLok Sabha, MallikarjunKharge was the leader of the Congress, but he lost the election this time, which forced the party to decide on another name.
Earlier, Chowdhury and other top Congress leaders met at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday morning, before taking oath as Lok Sabha member.
He said that the issue of who would lead the Congress in the Lower House of Parliament was not discussed in the party leaders’ meeting.Both Adhir Chowdhury and K Suresh, Congress’s Kerala unit working president, attended the all party meeting along with leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday, sparking speculation that one of the two leaders could be made the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha.