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Congress urges high command to select new Leader of Opposition

The legislative party of Congress, which met in Bhopal on the first day of the state assembly’s winter session, urged the party high command to soon make a decision on the selection of the Leader of Opposition in the state.

bhopal Updated: Dec 06, 2016 08:59 IST
IAS officer Ramesh Thete
IAS officer Ramesh Thete(File photo)

The legislative party of Congress, which met in Bhopal on the first day of the state assembly’s winter session, urged the party high command to soon make a decision on the selection of the Leader of Opposition in the state.

The Congress’s legislative party met here under the leader-ship of Bala Bachchan, the acting leader of Opposition.

However, former leader of opposition and senior Congress leader Ajay Singh and Arif Aqueel were not present in the meeting.

“We have sent a proposal to the party high command that whoever they choose as the Leader of the Opposition will be acceptable to us. Besides, we discussed the strategy regarding the issues that we will raise in the House in the coming days,” Bachchan said.

He further said that the issues that will be raised in the House include difficulties the people in the state were facing due to demonetisation, alleged corruption during the Simhastha and malnourishment deaths in the state.

“We will also the raise the difficulties faced by the farmers. Unable to pay high power bills , their electricity connections are being snapped in many areas”, he said.

Sources in the Congress said the race to see who will succeed Satyadev Katare, who died on October 20, has already begun. They said the frontrunners for the position are Ajay Singh, Govind Singh, Mahendra Singh Kalukheda and Ram Niwas Rawat.

Ajay Singh, a six-time MLA, has already been Leader of the Opposition between April 2011 and November 2013.

IAS officer Ramesh Thete sends letter to 81 MLAs, alleges dalit bias

Panchayat and rural development department secretary Ramesh Thete, who has alleged casteist bias against Dalit bureaucrats in the state administration, told Hindustan Times that said he has sent a letter to 81 scheduled caste and scheduled tribe legislators in the state, including acting leader of opposition Bala Bachchan. In his letter, Thete has sought their support for justice against a senior IAS officer, who he accuses of harassing, targeting him and not allotting him work that suits his post. Bachchan told HIndustan Times that he has not yet read the letter. “I will go through the letter and the demands made by Thete, following which we will take a decision on what we can do in this regard”, he said.