New Delhi, Feb 18: Rohini MLA Vijender Gupta has been elected as leader of the BJP Legislature Party in the Delhi Assembly.
A first-time MLA, Gupta was elected as the Legislature Party leader in a meeting held at the state BJP office here. Gupta, a former state BJP president, faces the daunting task of keeping the party's agenda relevant in the Assembly. In the 70-member House, AAP has 67 MLAs and BJP just three.
Legally, the party cannot claim the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
Apart from Gupta, who won from Rohini by a margin of 5,367 votes, two other BJP MLAs are Om Prakash Sharma of Vishwas Nagar and Jagdish Pradhan of Mustafabad. Gupta had contested against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the 2013 assembly elections, but was tailing behind then Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, who came second. He, however, was elected as a municipal councillor thrice from Rohini.
His wife Shobna is also a municipal councillor.