Debabrata Saikia, the Congress legislator from the Nazira constituency has lost the leader of the opposition status in the Assam Legislative Assembly. Assam Assembly speaker Hitendranath Goswami has withdrawn the recognition of Saikia.

“The present strength of the Indian National Congress Legislature Party, Assam Legislative Assembly is not equal to the quorum fixed to constitute a sitting of the House, that is one-sixth of the total number of Members of the House as required under the aforementioned provisions and therefore, the Hon’ble Speaker, Assam Legislative Assembly, has been pleased to withdraw the recognition of Shri Debabrata Saikia, MLA, as Leader of the Opposition, Assam Legislative Assembly w.e.f. 1st January, 2021,” said an official order issued by Assembly secretary A. N Deka.

The Assembly decision comes after the Congress party’s strength in the Assembly was reduced to only 20 MLAs, one less than the required number.

Saikia was elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly in 2011 from Nazira constituency and retained his seat in 2016. He is the son of former chief minister of Assam, Hiteswar Saikia.