Puducherry: Former Chief Minister V Vaithilingam will be the leader of the legislature wing of the Congress, the main opposition party in the 30 member territorial Assembly.
PCC president A V Subramanian told reporters here today he had received a communication in this regard from AICC General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, in charge of party affairs here.
Congress has seven members and is the main opposition party in the Assembly which commences its budget session tomorrow.
Vaithilingam is now away in USA and will return in the next few days.
Vaithilingam (60) had headed the previous Congress Ministry between September 2008 till the last polls for the second term. He was Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996.
He had succeeded Rangasamy as Chief Minister in September 2008 after Rangasamy (the present Chief Minister and founder of AINRC) was unseated from power due to revolt from his ministerial colleagues then, including Vaithilingam.
The PCC leader said Vaithilingam had been provisionally appointed leader of the party`s legislative wing.
AICC Secretary K B Krishnamoorthy had camped here in June to enlist views of Congress legislators on who should be the party legislature leader.