The Congress on Saturday appointed young leader Paresh Dhanani as the Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly. Dhanani, who is a strong Patidar leader, won from Amreli constituency in Saurashtra for the third time and was a front-runner for the post.

Dhanani was the working president of the Pradesh Congress for some time. PAAS leader Hardik Patel, too, had supported him for the post.

Bharat Solanki, President of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, tweeted, “A young and dynamic leader has been chosen by the party high command as the Leader of Opposition. He will take all Congress MLAs along and make the party stronger in the Assembly.”

Dhanani has also served as President of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), which Congress’ student wing. He will replace tribal leader Mohansinh Rathwa, who won Assembly election for the 10 time last month.

The Congress fought hard in this Assembly elections but lost to the BJP. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) won 99 seats out of 182 and came into power for a consecutively sixth time in Gujarat. Congress managed to win 77 seats.