Ahmedabad: The Congress on Saturday named Paresh Dhanani leader of the opposition in the Gujarat legislative assembly, following discussions among the party high command. 

Dhanani, 41, won the Amreli seat by 12,000 votes in the Gujarat assembly elections and has the backing of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Hardik Patel, who said on Thursday that he would fight to ensure that Dhanani be named to the post.

Ashok Gehlot, the party’s national general secretary and in-charge for Gujarat, made the announcement after a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.