Leader of the Opposition (Vishwamitra)

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Leader of the Official Opposition
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
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Incumbent
William Cooper

since 27 January 2022
Official Opposition
Parliament of Vishwamitra
Leader of the Opposition's Office
StyleThe Right Honourable
Member ofParliament of Vishwamitra
AppointerLargest political party not in government
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest party not in government
Inaugural holderTanishkaa Patranabish
Formation21 May 2014

The Leader of His Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition, more commonly known simply as the Leader of the Opposition, is the politician who leads the official opposition in Vishwamitra. The leader of the opposition by convention leads the largest party not within the government: where one party wins outright this is the party leader of the second largest political party in the Parliament. A political party out of the government is required to have at least two members of parliament in order to be recognized as the official opposition. David Brooke, former leader of the Green Socialist Party was recognized as the Leader of Opposition in the 14th Parliament on 22 November 2021, however he resigned from all his positions in the nation on 3 December 2021 following which the position has been vacant as no other political party out of the government has more than 10% of the total seats.

History

The position of the leader of the opposition came into existence for the first time following the 2014 general election when Tanishkaa Patranabish officially assumed the role. The position prior to 2014 was never created because of the government being in a full majority in the parliament. The position of the leader of the opposition remained vacant following Tanishkaa Patranabish's appointment as Prime Minister in February 2015 and has been rarely used since 2017. The position was recreated in March 2021 following the opposition's winning more than 10% seats in the parliament.

Position and privileges

Although not constitutionally mandated, the leader of the opposition had always been granted the same status and position of that of a cabinet minister and has served as members of several parliamentary committees and commissions during their tenure.

Leaders of the opposition

The Parliament did not recognize any member as the Leader of the Opposition until 2014. The position has been vacant since 3 December 2021 following the resignation of David Brooke.

Parliament Portrait Name
(born – died)
(constituency)
Tenure in office Political party Government Prime Minister
From To
3rd Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
MP from Beltola
21 May 2014 22 February 2015 Independent Baishya I Sarala Baishya
4th Vacant 22 February 2015 6 December 2015 None Tanishkaa I Tanishkaa Patranabish
5th 6 December 2015 11 April 2016 Baishya II Sarala Baishya
6th
Parliament Name
(born – died)
(constituency)
Portrait Tenure in office Political party Leader of the house
From To Days
Interim No official opposition 15 April 2007 21 May 2014 7 years, 36 days None Arnisha Phatowali
1st Dhrubajyoti Roy
2nd
3rd Tanishkaa Patranabish
(b. 2004)
MP from Beltola
Tanishkaa Patranabish-Official Portrait (2018).jpg 21 May 2014 22 February 2015 277 days Independent Sarala Baishya
4th No official opposition 22 February 2015 6 December 2015 287 days None Tanishkaa Patranabish
5th 6 December 2015 11 April 2016 127 days Sarala Baishya
6th 11 April 2016 10 July 2016 90 days Dhrubajyoti Roy
Sarala Baishya
(b. 2005)
MP from Basant Bahar
Sarala Baishya (2).jpg 10 July 2016 13 December 2016 156 days Independent Party
Position vacant 13 December 2016 30 December 2016 17 days None
7th Arnab Sil
(b. 2004)
MP from Maligaon I
Arnab-sil.PNG 30 December 2016 2 January 2017 3 days Freedom Party
Saikat Seal
(b. 2006)
MP from Maligaon II
Saikat-Seal.PNG 2 January 2017 11 April 2017 99 days
Tanishkaa Patranabish
(b. 2004)
MP from Beltola
Tanishkaa Patranabish-Official Portrait (2018).jpg 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 84 days Secular Party Sarala Baishya
8th No official opposition 5 July 2017 21 March 2018 259 days None Dhrubajyoti Roy
9th 21 March 2018 6 January 2019 291 days
10th 7 January 2019 15 March 2019 67 days Tanishkaa Patranabish
11th Sarala Baishya
(b. 2005)
MP from Basant Bahar
Sarala Baishya (2).jpg 17 March 2019 29 September 2019 196 days Independent Party
No official opposition 29 September 2019 3 March 2020 156 days None
12th 22 March 2020 7 June 2020 77 days
Princess Sarala
(b. 2005)
MP from Basant Bahar
Sarala Baishya (2).jpg 8 June 2020 13 January 2021 219 days Independent Princess Anoushkaa
13th 1st Duke of Osian
MP from Boragaon
8 March 2021 Present 1 year, 72 days Royalist Party 1st Duke of Entrosinhos