Government can’t ignore single largest oppostion party: Congress

Congress insists on the Leader of Opposition status. Calls the government's stand "unfortunate and undemocratic".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 12, 2014 9:47 pm
Congress insists Kharge to be the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Congress insists Kharge be the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha

Amid the uncertainty on whether its leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge would get the Leader of the Opposition post, the Congress on Thursday said it will be undemocratic if the government ignores the single largest opposition party in the appointment of Lokpal and other constitutional posts where the LoP is a member of the selection committee.

“If the government ignores the Congress party, which has secured more than 19 per cent of votes, one per cent more than what the BJP had secured in last election, while deciding the post of Lokpal it would not only be unfortunate but also undemocratic,” AICC Communication Department chairman Ajay Maken said.

The Congress has been insisting that its leader in Lok Sabha should be accorded the LoP status, which would entitle him to sit on panels which select the Central Vigilance Commissioner, head of the National Human Rights Commission and the Lokpal.

There are indications that Kharge may not be recognised as the Leader of the Opposition as the Congress does not have the requisite numbers to claim the post.

The Congress, on the other hand, has been claiming that the Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act does not say that the strength of the main opposition party should be equivalent to the quorum of the house or in other words 10 per cent of the total seats in the Lower House.

Maken said he was unaware whether Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to the Speaker seeking LoP post for Kharge in Lok Sabha.

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    Vasant Salian
    Jun 13, 2014 at 5:38 am
    How come Rajiv hi didn't give LOP to Left Party when he had got landslide victory after Indira's ination? They too were single largest then. If that was not large enough for Cong then i think this too is not large enough for BJP i believe!!
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      S.Gonesh
      Jun 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm
      There must be no place anymore for anti-Hindus in Parliament,no matter how they would like to call it. The people has chosen itsparliament and the job has been done. Quit if they don´t like it.
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        bmniac
        Jun 13, 2014 at 4:42 am
        consultation can only be a courtesy, so long as the consution is followed. UPA for over 15 years flouted the consution in forming the Finance Commissions and the press and the public remained silent. Selective indignation?
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          gargbti
          Jun 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm
          following consution undemocratic. how?
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            Ghantaghar
            Jun 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm
            Showing any sympathy to the present Congress team is as good as giving milk to a Cobra whose poison will only increase. Let Congress suffer the pain for their misdeed at least one decade.
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              J
              Jun 13, 2014 at 9:09 am
              LoP status need not be necessary if Congress want to put up an effective opposition. They can do good role even without LoP status. More importantly, LoP in the present Modiji Government has no value as Modiji Govt knows well about how to run the Government effectively and without any corruption.
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                Ananth
                Jun 13, 2014 at 3:10 am
                TMC and AIADMK have also got substantial seats. As Congress party has not the sufficient number of seats to meet the norms set long back, it would be only democratic if the posts reserved for opposition parties are divided among these parties.
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                  Happy
                  Jun 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm
                  Congress is like crying wolf.
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                    manisham
                    Jun 13, 2014 at 8:22 am
                    When Cong. was in majority Nehru, Indra or Rajiv never bothered to give Leader of opposition post to next largest party and now they are begging for the same.Where the arrogance gone??
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                      shahid
                      Jun 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm
                      Congress is just behaving like beggers. When Congress ruled earlier and the opposition had not 10% seats then there was no LoP but now they want it though they have less than 10% seats. Shameless leaders.
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                        Purush
                        Jun 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm
                        Forget the largest party. The govt. wants to carry even the smallest party with them and even those political parties who have lost and have no representation in LS today. But rules are rules. If no one has 10% of the seats then thats it. No amount of political pressure is going to help.
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                          rama Rama
                          Jun 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm
                          Dear Congress..please address this....does the ry come first OR the appointment?? Well now maybe you are getting the light eh?? I mean does the ries act sude the requirement of the 10 %? Dont get me wrong as I am not talking about the cut of 10% in bribe money. Don't get too excited as the amount has to be more to tempt your group
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                            Ram
                            Jun 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                            Suddenly congress realized the importance of opposition only when they are put in Minority opposition
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                              selva
                              Jun 13, 2014 at 10:57 am
                              Let them sit in opposite or on the ground..no matters for New govt,,,We go strong enough to do all worthy acts...
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                                sadda
                                Jun 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm
                                Congress is not behaving as responsible and accountable opposition democratic party. Dynastic enlement is a No No. Looking at the habitual irresponsible congress response to President's address and PMs address Kharge and his party are not fit to be leading opposition in the parliament.
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                                  Dr. Nath
                                  Jun 13, 2014 at 4:02 am
                                  People have not elected any Leader of Opposion.Hence it will be an undesirable precedent if any one is appointed as LoP and huge cost after escort, pilot, house guard and other security arrangement should also be avoided.
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                                    Dr. Nath
                                    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:25 am
                                    The people have not elected any party as eligible for a Leader of Opposion and hence it is undesirable to creat any precedent by appointing a LoP and the cost afterESCORT, PILOT, HOUSE GUARD AND OTHER SECURITY ARRANGMENT shuold be avoided.
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                                      Dr. Nath
                                      Jun 13, 2014 at 5:32 am
                                      The verdict of the people does not make any party eligible for Leader of Opposition.No undesirable precedent should be created by appointing any L oP and HUGE EXPENDITURE AFTER ESCORT, PILOT, HOUSE GUARD, OTHER SECURITY ARRANGEMENT and vehicles, room staff etc after the LoP should be avoided and saved.
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                                        Thomas George
                                        Jun 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm
                                        Fantastic democratic sentiment. I hope the leaders of the BJP do not show the arrogance of their tails. That arrogance was/is the downfall of the Congress. Please do not take those non-Hindus like me who voted for the BJP for granted.
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                                          Citizen
                                          Jun 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm
                                          If their demand is accepted then parliament should be considered as a virtual parliament and the number to be considered as 443 ( 10% 44) not 543 with the result NDA should be considered as having 2/3 majority for all purposes and any bill that needs that majority should be considered as ped the test of 2/3 majority. Jaihind
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                                            Citizen
                                            Jun 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm
                                            It is unfortunate for the followers of SCAMS and rule/precedents breakers not for the followers of rules and laws of the nation Jaihind
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