West Bengal Congress leader and five-time Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will be the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha. Chowdhury succeeds Mallikarjun Kharge, who was the Congress party leader in the previous Lok Sabha but lost the Lok Sabha polls. Party sources said Mavelikkara (Kerala) MP K Suresh is set to be the chief whip of the party in the House. Chowdhury has not lost the Lok Sabha polls since 1999. He currently represents the Berhampore seat in the Lok Sabha.
Chowdhury has also been a member of the West Bengal Assembly from 1996 to 1999.
The Congress lacks the numbers to secure the post of the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.