Kolkata: For the first time in 34 years,
the Left Front on Friday elected Suryakanta Mishra as the Leader
of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly.
Announcing Mishra`s name at a press conference here,
Left Front chairman Biman Bose said "our MLAs will have to
learn to play the role of the Opposition."
Mishra, a CPI (M) MLA from Narayangarh in West
Midnapore district since 1991, was health minister in the last
Left Front government, and held the panchayati raj portfolio
till the Front`s poor show in panchayat elections in 2008.
Subhas Naskar, RSP MLA from Basanti in South 24
Parganas district, was elected deputy Leader of Opposition.
Opposition whip will be Bishwanath Karak, Forward Bloc
MLA from the Goghat Assembly constituency in Hooghly district.
Bose said that the Left Front has decided not to put
up any candidate for the Speaker`s election.
The Left Front MLAs met following a Front meeting to
approve the names, Bose said.
Several top rung ministers, including former chief
minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, former housing minister
Goutam Deb and former Urban Development minister Ashok
Bhattacharya, who were senior CPI (M) leaders, lost the
Out of the 62 MLAs of the Front in the 294-member West
Bengal Assembly, 31 are fresh faces, Bose said.