Congress should accept Speaker’s decision on LoP issue: Rajnath Singh

The Congress on Friday claimed that the Supreme Court's observations have vindicated its stand.

By: Press Trust of India | Gorakhpur | Published:August 22, 2014 6:15 pm
The court also observed that the issue of LoP is relevant not only in Lokpal law but also in other existing and incoming legislations.  (Source: PTI) The court also observed that the issue of LoP is relevant not only in Lokpal law but also in other existing and incoming legislations. (Source: PTI)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked the Congress to honour the decision of the Speaker not to grant the status of Leader of Opposition to it in the Lok Sabha.

“As per the Constitution, a party must get 10 per cent seat (for Leader of Opposition status). But unfortunately it did not happen. So, they should accept it,” he said.

His remarks came on a day the Supreme Court decided to go into the issue of interpreting the provision of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha in the matter of selection of statutory bodies when there is no recognised LoP.

Emphasising the importance of the LoP post, a bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said Leader of Opposition conveys the voice of a representative different from government in the House and asked the Centre to make its stand clear within two weeks.

The court also observed that the issue of LoP is relevant not only in Lokpal law but also in other existing and incoming legislations. Congress, as the second largest party in the Lok Sabha with 44 seats, has been making a strong bid for the LoP post but the ruling BJP has opposed it, saying it does not have the requisite 10 per cent seats which meant it needed 55 to stake claim.

The Congress on Friday claimed that the Supreme Court’s observations have vindicated its stand. “The decision of the Speaker was in utter disregard to law and appears to be clearly influenced and coloured by the partisan agenda of the BJP-led government,” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said.

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    S.Gonesh
    Aug 23, 2014 at 9:06 am
    The provision of 10% was accepted by the Lok Sabha. That is a fact.Elections gives the parties the power to rule. In this caseNDA has the full majority. This means and is in harmony with the rules ofLok Sabha the Speaker has the final decision. This makes clear the SupremeCourt has no jurisdiction in this matter. The SC has to keep aside, becausethe election (the people) has given the NDA the right to rule the country.The Supreme Court has no power to change the result of the election. Thetime UPA was ruling, they could have change the rule, but they didn´t. Nowthey have lost badly the NDA can go ahead with the application of the rules. TheSupreme Court has no role in this at all. The will of the people is supreme andNDA has the mandate of the people. The Supreme Court is subordinate to thelaw and the law arises at people´s will.
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      Varghese
      Aug 23, 2014 at 2:32 am
      Hugely vitriolic statements....refrain
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        Varghese
        Aug 23, 2014 at 2:34 am
        The BJP changed a law to make an Ex TRAI Chairman a Secy in the Gov't. Much more noble is the cause of having a LOP and the Gov't sees no need to change the flimsy 10% rule. Why should there be space for vindictive politics ?
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          sk
          Aug 23, 2014 at 9:39 am
          Andh bhakti mr asthana, which aborted AAP, ruined congress and will certainly kill this power arrogance you and your masters started exhibiting. You like Your masters, hardly care to strengthening the insution, and are just looking for for tat politic. This is achhe din for you only.
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            Sushil Asthana
            Aug 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm
            It is time for all Indians to get rid of congress for ever from Hindustan. NO LOP for CONgress party and Italian Mafia. Indians should also seriously consider and go with BJP in selection of Judges. Mr. LODHA thinks he is above people of INDIA. He was appointed as CJI from GOONDA and UNETHICAL group of so called corrupt JUDGES and wants to retain that system. GET RID OF LODHA and CONgress PARTY. TIME IS NOW. WAKE UP all SMART and PATRIOTIC INDIANS.Jai NAMO, Jai BHARAT MATA.
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