Sonia Gandhi appoints Bhupinder Hooda leader of the Cong legislative party in Haryana

NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi appointed the former Haryana Chief Minister on Saturday Bhupinder Singh Hooda Leader of the Legislative Party of Congress (CLP) in the state.

By virtue of being named leader of the CLP, Hooda will be the Leader of the Opposition in the newly constituted assembly, AICC Haryana in charge Ghulam Nabi Azad He said at a press conference here.

The MLA passed a resolution unanimously authorizing Gandhi to elect the CLP leader and, after being informed by the observer Madhusudan Mistri about the wishes of the MLAs, she appointed Hooda as the CLP leader, he said.

Azad also praised Hooda and the head of the Haryana Congress, Kumari Selja, for their efforts in the assembly polls, saying that their combination had worked well for the party and, despite the short time they had, they secured a good Congress performance.

Before the election of the assembly in Haryana, the high command of Congress had replaced Ashok Tanwar with Selja as head of the state party and Choudhary as leader of the CLP with Hooda. Tanwar had given up the party later.

In the 90-member assembly, the strength of BJP is 40, its ally Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) 10, Congress 31, (INLD) one, Haryana Lokhit Party one and seven independents. The seven independents had also extended their support to the BJP.