New Delhi: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will be next Leader of Opposition in the Upper House, with the party capping the suspense on who will succeed Ghulam Nabi Azad, retiring on February 15.
Kharge (78), who was Leader of Congress in the previous Lok Sabha, was elected to Rajya Sabha in June last year after the party leadership decided to accommodate him in the Upper House, as he had lost the 2019 polls.
He will be the second leader from Karnataka to be the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha after M S Gurupadaswamy, one of the founders of Janata Party and the second Leader of Opposition between March 1971 and April 1972. Overall, he will be the 17th Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
Gurupadaswamy was also Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha between December 1989 and November 1990 and then again became Leader of Opposition between June-July 1991 for the second time. The post of Leader of Opposition was established in Rajya Sabha in 1969 and Shyam Nandan Mishra (Congress-O) was the first Leader of Opposition between December 1969 to March 1971.