Chandigarh: Newly appointed Congress
Legislature Party (CLP) leader in Punjab, Sunil Jakhar, Monday said his party will play the role of a responsible opposition while keeping the interests of the state`s people in their mind.
"We will play the role of a responsible opposition and
keep an eye on the state government`s deeds to ensure that
people`s interests are protected", Jakhar, son of former Union
Minister Balram Jakhar, told reporters here.
The three-time MLA was picked as CLP leader by the party
high command in New Delhi yesterday. He replaces former Punjab
Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who was Leader of the
Opposition in the previous assembly.
Jakhar (57), MLA from Abohar, said they will play a
"positive and constructive" role as opposition and extend
full cooperation to the SAD-BJP regime, which retained power
in Punjab in the state assembly elections held on January 30.
"We also expect the government to work for betterment of
the people of Punjab. We are willing to go to any distance to
extend cooperation, but we will raise our voice where ever we
feel people`s interests are not being taken care of", said
Jakhar, the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly.
On the defeat suffered by the Congress in the polls, which
managed to bag 46 seats in the 117-member assembly as against
68 by the SAD-BJP combine, Jakhar said, "we all need to
Jakhar has been vocal in raising issues in the past
concerning the State.
The first session of the 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha started