Assam: Saikia loses ‘Leader of Opp’ status after HC upholds Assembly order

The Gauhati High Court has upheld the Assam Legislative Assembly’s order derecognising Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Debabrata Saikia as the Leader of Opposition in the House.
Assam: Saikia loses ‘Leader of Opp’ status after HC upholds Assembly order
Debabrata Saikia

GUWAHATI:

The Gauhati High Court has upheld the Assam Legislative Assembly’s order derecognising Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Debabrata Saikia as the Leader of Opposition in the House.

The single-judge bench of Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua, on Wednesday, dismissed Saikia’s writ petition challenging the notification issued on January 1, 2021, by the Assembly secretary in which he withdrew the recognition given to the Congress MLA on June 4, 2016, as the Leader of Opposition.

With the court order, Saikia has lost his status of Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.

The Nazira MLA’s recognition as the Leader of Opposition was withdrawn as the strength of Congress in the State Assembly was reduced to less than one-sixth of the total strength of 126 members in the House.

Saikia challenged the order of the Speaker in the Gauhati High Court, leading to its stay till the final hearing.

(Edited by Andre Kongri)

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