Assam assembly to begin with no opposition leader

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Old 15-May-2011
Assam assembly to begin with no opposition leader

Guwahati/New Delhi: For the first time in Assam, there will be no leader of opposition in the 126-member assembly as no party achieved the required minimum number of legislators, officials said yesterday.

"Leader of the opposition can be chosen only if that party has a minimum of 21 legislators. In the current assembly, the Congress won 78 seats and all other parties have won less than 21 seats," said Gouranga Das, secretary of the Assam assembly.

"This would be the first time when an assembly session would begin without any leader of the opposition," he said.

State of shock

Assam's two main opposition parties Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are still in a state of shock after the humiliating defeat, with some blaming the leadership and others continuing to find fault with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for their rout.

The Congress won 78 of the 126 assembly seats, while its ally, the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) won 12 seats.

The AGP won 10 seats, 14 less than the seats it secured in the 2006 assembly elections.

The BJP also failed miserably getting just five seats compared to 10 in 2006.

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