Leader of the Opposition of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
Yashpal Arya
since 10 April 2022
Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
AppointerMembers of the Official Opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
Term lengthDuring the life of the Assembly (five years maximum)
Inaugural holderIndira Hridayesh (2000–2002)
Formation9 December 2000; 23 years ago (2000-12-09)
WebsiteUttarakhand Legislative Assembly

The Leader of the Opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly is the politician who leads the official opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly.


Official Opposition[1] is a term used in Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly to designate the political party which has secured the second largest number of seats in the assembly. In order to get formal recognition, the party must have at least 10% of total membership of the Legislative Assembly. A single party has to meet the 10% seat criterion, not an alliance. Many of the Indian state legislatures also follows this 10% rule while the rest of them prefer single largest opposition party according to the rules of their respective houses.


The opposition's main role is to question the government of the day and hold them accountable to the public. The opposition is equally responsible in upholding the best interests of the people of the country. They have to ensure that the Government does not take any steps, which might have negative effects on the people of the country.[2]

The role of the opposition in legislature is basically to check the excesses of the ruling or dominant party, and not to be totally antagonistic. There are actions of the ruling party which may be beneficial to the masses and opposition is expected to support such steps.[3]

In legislature, opposition party has a major role and must act to discourage the party in power from acting against the interests of the country and the common man. They are expected to alert the population and the Government on the content of any bill, which is not in the best interests of the country.

List of leaders of the opposition of Uttarakhand

No Portrait Name Constituency Term[4] Assembly
1 Indira Hridayesh MLC 9 December 2000 14 February 2002 Interim Indian National Congress
2 Bhagat Singh Koshyari Kapkot 13 March 2002 17 December 2003 1st
Bharatiya Janata Party
3 Matbar Singh Kandari Rudraprayag 17 December 2003 2 March 2007
4 Harak Singh Rawat Lansdowne 13 March 2007 9 March 2012 2nd
Indian National Congress
5 Ajay Bhatt Ranikhet 19 May 2012 14 March 2017 3rd
Bharatiya Janata Party
(1) Indira Hridayesh Haldwani 27 March 2017 13 June 2021 4th
Indian National Congress
6 Pritam Singh Chakrata 23 July 2021 11 March 2022
7 Yashpal Arya Bajpur 10 April 2022 Incumbent 5th

List of Deputy leaders of the opposition of Uttarakhand

No Portrait Name Constituency Term[5] Assembly
1 Tilak Raj Behar Rudrapur–Kichha 2009 9 March 2012 2nd
Indian National Congress
2 Karan Mahara Ranikhet 27 March 2017 11 March 2022 4th
Indian National Congress
3 Bhuwan Chandra Kapri[6] Khatima 10 April 2022 Incumbent 5th

See also


  1. ^ "Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977". Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. ^ Role of Leader of Opposition in India
  3. ^ Role of Opposition in Parliament of India
  4. ^ https://ukvidhansabha.uk.gov.in/dpages/leader-of-opposition
  5. ^ https://ukvidhansabha.uk.gov.in/dpages/leader-of-opposition
  6. ^ https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/04/10/karan-mahara-appointed-uttarakhand-congress-president.html