Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was appointed as the leader of opposition in Karnataka Assembly on Wednesday a day before the session that begins on Thursday.

The post of the leader of opposition was vacant for the last two months. The  Party has been holding discussions with several leaders to fill the post.

On Wednesday, the Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi appointed former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as the leader of opposition in the Vidhana Soudha. Senior Congress leader HK Patil was also considered for the post.

The appointment was done just a day ahead of the legislature session of Karnataka Assembly which is scheduled to begin on Thursday i.e, October 10 and will continue till October 12.

Subsequently SR Patil was appointed as leader of opposition in the Legislative Council.

Opposition leaders are firm on taking up the issue of poor rehabilitation of the flood affected people in flood prone areas in the house on Thursday.

After the disqualifications of 17 representatives from Congress and JDS parties, the strength of the house came down to 208. BJP holds a majority of 105 seats and the support of independent MLA H Nagesh.

Congress holds 66 seats in the legislature while JD (S) holds 34 seats and a lone MLA from BSP.

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