Debabrata Saikia was elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) by newly elected members of the Congress in Assam on Thursday, the party’s state unit head Ripun Bora told the Assembly Speaker on Thursday.
Debabrata Saikia (56), the son of two-time former Assam Chief Minister late Hiteswar Saikia (1983-1985 and 1991-1996), was re-elected from the Nazira Assembly seat, defeating BJP candidate Mayur Borgohain by a razor-thin margin of 683 votes.
Rakibul Hussain has been elected as the deputy leader of the CLP, according to Rajya Sabha member Bora, who lost the recent Assembly elections from Gohpur.
Wajed Ali Choudhury has been named as the CLP’s chief whip, according to a letter issued to the media.
The Congress, which ruled Assam for 15 years (2001 to 2016), came up short in the March-April Assembly elections, winning 29 seats, three more than it did in 2016 when it lost the state to the governing Bharatiya Janata Party.
Several other Congress presidents, including Bora, were defeated in the latest elections to the 126-member state Assembly.
The newly formed 15th Assam Legislative Assembly will hold its first session on Friday.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Biswajit Daimary filed his nomination paper for Speaker on Thursday, while party legislator Numal Momin will file his nomination for Deputy Speaker on Friday.