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Tribal chief Sukhram Rathva elected opposition leader in Gujarat assembly

Tribal chief and high-ranking congressman Sukhram Rathva was elected as the new opposition leader in the Gujarat legislature on Friday.

Earlier today, Congress announced the appointment of CBO leader Jagdish Thakor as the new chairman of the Gujarat Unity ahead of next year’s Assembly elections.

Rathva, 65, a five-time provincial deputy who currently represents the Pavi-Jetpur constituency in the Chhotaudepur district, was unanimously elected by congressional deputies in a meeting held Friday evening at the Assembly complex of Gujarat to Gandhinagar.

Jagdish Thakor and Gujarat Congressman Raghu Sharma were also present at the meeting of the Legislative Party of Congress. Rahtva would replace Paresh Dhanani.

While Thakor was named the new state congress leader on Thursday in place of Amit Chavda, Rathva was elected by party deputies on Friday after the high command cleared his name, the spokesman said. Gujarat Congress, Manish Doshi.

The two key positions had been vacant since March, when Chavda and Dhanani tendered their resignations following Congress’ poor performance in local body polls. Both had been invited to continue in their posts until new leaders were chosen. Prior to his election to the Assembly in 2017 from the seat of Pavi-Jetpur, Rathva had represented the assembly seat of Chhota Udaipur for four consecutive terms in 1985, 1990, 1995 and 1998.

According to his official bio-data, Rathva is a farmer by profession. He began his political career in the early 1970s with the Youth Congress and was elected to the Vadodara district panchayat in 1975.

Before becoming a provincial deputy for the first time in 1985, he was also an elected member of the Chhotaudepur taluka panchayat between 1980 and 1985, when Chhotaudepur was part of the Vadodara district.

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