Considered to be among the most experienced MLAs in the state, Haldwani MLA and former cabinet minister Indira Hridayesh was unanimously chosen as the leader of the Congress legislative party in the provisional state capital Dehradun. The All India Congress Committee general secretary and party state in charge Ambika Soni announced that Hridayesh had been chosen for the post on Sunday and that apart from her the Ranikhet MLA Karan Mehra had been chosen deputy leader of the Congress legislative party with Bhagwanpur MLA Mamta Rakesh been chosen as the chief whip.
Hridayesh was chosen for the post which makes her the leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha at a party meeting of the Congress MLAs which was also attended by Soni, party’s assistant election in charge and MP Kumari Selja, Pradesh Congress Committee president Kishore Upadhyay, party state co- in charge Sanjay Kapoor and former chief minister Harish Rawat among others. Expressing his views on the occasion, the PCC president Kishore Upadhyay said that Hridayesh’s experience will definitely benefit the Congress party. “She will play the role of a strong opposition in the Assembly and raise her voice prominently against the anti-public policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party both inside the outside the Vidhan Sabha towards finding the solution of problems being faced by the public,” opined Upadhyay. The former chief minister Harish Rawat also expressed his good wishes to the newly chosen leaders of the Congress legislative party on Sunday. The PCC vice president Jot Singh Bisht, chief spokesman Mathura Datt Joshi, chief publicity coordinator Dhirendra Pratap, chief coordinator Rajendra Shah, city head Prithviraj Chauhan and other party office bearers were also present on the occasion.