Congress President Sonia Gandhi appointed former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the leader of opposition of the Congress Legislature Party in the state on Saturday.

In a press conference, AICC Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad told that a resolution was passed by the MLAs unanimously authorising Sonia Gandhi to elect the CLP leader and after being briefed by observer Madhusudan Mistri about the wishes of the MLAs, she has appointed Hooda as the CLP leader.

“After being appointed as the CLP leader, Hooda will now be the Leader of Opposition in the newly-constituted assembly,” Azad added.

Azad further praised Hooda and Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja for their efforts in the assembly polls. He said that their combination had worked well for the party and despite the short time they got, they ensured a good performance by the Congress.

Kumari Selja had replaced Ashok Tanwar ahead of the assembly elections in Haryana. Tanwar had later quit the party.

Congress had performed well in the recently concluded assembly election as compared to the previous one. It bagged 31 seats in the 90 seats assembly. The BJP and JJP in alliance formed the government in the state with 40 and 10 seats respectively.