Ahead of monsoon session of the parliament, MP Gaurav Gogoi has been appointed as the deputy leader of Congress party in the Lok Sabha.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday appointed Gogoi as the party’s deputy leader in the lower house.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the opposition party in the Lok Sabha, and K Suresh, its chief whip in the Lower House, confirmed the development.
The appointments came ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is likely to commence from September 14.
It is seen as a move by the Congress to strengthen its team of floor leaders in the Lower House, party leaders said.
The opposition party did not have a deputy leader in the Lok Sabha till now.
A three-time MP from Punjab, Bittu has been entrusted with the responsibility of the Congress whip in the Lok Sabha.
Another MP from Kerala, Manickam Tagore, is the other whip of the party in the Lower House.
Gogoi, son of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, is the MP from the Kaliabor Lok Sabha constituency.