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AAP's Sukhpal Khaira new leader of opposition in Pb Assembly

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Nine days after H S Phoolka tendered his resignation from the post, the today announced Bholath Sukhpal Khaira as the new leader of opposition in the

The announcement of appointing Khaira as the leader of opposition was made by national convenor and Chief Minister Kejriwal at

The unanimous decision of electing Khaira as the leader of opposition came after Kejriwal held a meeting with each from in to know their viewpoints.

"Khaira was the unanimous choice of all the MLAs and thereafter Kejriwal announced him as the new leader of opposition at New Delhi," said state co-president Aman Arora.

All 20 AAP MLAs including Phoolka were present in the meeting. The meeting which started at 4 PM went for about an hour.

On July 11, AAP's senior leader H S Phoolka had resigned from the post of leader of opposition in Assembly to continue to appear in courts for 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

Phoolka had to resign after the Delhi Bar Council disallowed him from appearing for the victims in several cases citing that he enjoyed an 'office of profit'.

Phoolka had recommended the names of AAP MLAs Sukhpal Khaira, Kanwar Sandhu and Aman Arora, in accordance to their seniority, to be chosen by the party high command in consultation with the MLAs.

Khaira, a former Congressman, is the MLA from Bholath seat. He had led the charge against the cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh who was facing allegations of impropriety in sand mining auctions.

He was earlier the of party's chief whip.

Last month during the Assembly session, Khaira raised voice against sand mafia in the House. However, he was later suspended from the House by the Speaker.

Khaira had joined AAP in December 2015.

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First Published: Thu, July 20 2017. 18:57 IST