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Rabri becomes opposition leader in Bihar legislative council

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Former and senior RJD was today accorded the status of the of opposition in the on the basis of her party's enhanced strength in the upper house.

The development followed the recent biennial elections to the legislative council after which RJD's tally in the 75-member upper house rose from seven to nine, required to get the status.

"We received an application on behalf of yesterday, brought by (state RJD president) Ramchandra Purve, seeking her recognition as the of the opposition in the house," told reporters.

"Today, we decided to accord recognition since a vibrant opposition is essential to the functioning of any democracy. Moreover, the RJD has the requisite numbers now," he said.

Last year, after walked out of the comprising his JD(U), the RJD and the Congress, a similar application by was turned down as the members of the party founded and headed by her husband constituted less than 10 per cent of the total strength of the house.

Welcoming the development on a day Rabri Devi's son is getting married to the daughter of party Chandrika Rai, said, "we are delighted at the recognition of Madam as the leader of opposition. The wedding has proved lucky for the entire party."

Lalu Prasad's younger son is the leader of opposition in the

and were among the 11 people elected to the legislative council last month, along with Rabri Devi.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 16:40 IST