Gujarat Congress calls meet on Tuesday to discuss Leader of Opposition issue after Shankersinh Vaghela's exit

Ahmedabad: Following the sudden exit of Shankersinh Vaghela, the Gujarat Congress has called a high-level meeting of its core committee members on Tuesday to discuss the issue of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Assembly.

File image of Shankersinh Vaghela. PTI

File image of Shankersinh Vaghela. PTI

During the meeting, the party would pass a resolution empowering the Congress high command to decide the next LoP, as Monsoon Session is expected to be held in October, barely months before the Assembly polls, expected to be held in December, said senior Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar.

Till the new LoP is decided by the party high command, senior Congress MLA Mohansinh Rathwa, who is already serving as the deputy LoP, has been given the charge of LoP, said Parmar.

Rathwa, a tribal leader, is an eight-time MLA who represents Chhota Udepur seat.

"As our LoP Shankersinh Vaghela has resigned from the post, senior MLA and Deputy LoP Mohansinh Rathwa has been given the charge till the new LoP take over" Parmar told PTI.

"We have called a meeting of our core committee members tomorrow to discuss the issue of LoP. In that meet, we will pass a resolution to hand over the powers of deciding the next LoP to the high command. The state unit will accept whatever decision the high command takes about LoP," said Parmar.

Since it is mandatory to call the Assembly session within six months of the completion of previous session, it is likely that the next Monsoon session will be called in September or October, as the previous Budget session ended in March this year, he said.

"If Assembly polls are declared earlier, the state government may not call the Monsoon session in September-October. If polls are declared in December, than the House may meet" he added.

Vaghela, who had announced to quit the Congress three days ago, resigned as the LoP and sent his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017 17:05 PM

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