The AICC nominated Satheesan as the leader of the party's parliamentary party in the Kerala assembly, said KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran. (Image: Twitter/@vdsatheesan)
Senior Congress MLA VD Satheesan is the new Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) nominated five-time MLA Satheesan as the leader of the party's parliamentary party in the Kerala assembly, said Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran on May 22.
Satheesan was elected from the Paravur seat in the Kerala Assembly election held in April.
He will lead a 41-member Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the state Assembly against the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), which retained power in the recent Assembly polls by winning 99 seats, bucking the trend of alternating between two coalitions.
"The AICC has nominated Satheesan as the leader of the party's parliamentary party in Kerala assembly. The KPCC wishes him all success," Ramachandran told reporters.
Satheesan, a powerful Congress leader from Ernakulam district-- a stronghold of the party in the state, said there would be changes in the opposition's traditional style of functioning both inside and outside of the Assembly. The new changes will be in accordance with the changes of the time. "I thank the party's national leadership and the senior leaders of Kerala for entrusting me with the role of Leader of the Opposition during the crisis of the UDF and the Congress," he told media in Kochi. He said he has a clear conviction that the post is not a flower crown.
An ardent supporter of Nehruvian socialism, Satheesan said there will be no compromise on any form of communalism. Both majority communalism and minority communalism will be opposed.
Graduating from the party's campus arm Kerala Students Union (KSU) to the Youth Congress, this is an upshot inSatheesan's political career.
In a steady and linear career spanning nearly four decades, often marked by narrow misses, Satheesan has stood firmly with the Congress, untouched by shifts in its fortunes. The Congress-led UDF will work to eliminate all forms of communalism, he said.
Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor congratulated Satheesan for becoming the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly. “Congratulations& best wishes to @vdsatheesan, whose selection marks a major change for @INCKerala. Nine days away from turning 57, he has degrees in sociology& law, was active in @nsui &AICC, &performed outstandingly as Opposition MLA. A very able parliamentarian: all the best!” tweeted Tharoor.(With inputs from PTI)