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Issue of Leader of Opposition is in Speaker’s court: Prakash Javadekar

Javdekar said that even people of India also refused Congress to have that much of a majority to claim LoP's post.

By: Press Trust of India | Ahmedabad | Published: July 13, 2014 9:36 pm
Prakash Javadekar said government is measuring pollution in at least 240 cities and is giving emphasis on use of public transport. (Source: PTI) Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. (Source: PTI)

Powers to appoint the Leader of Opposition (LoP) is with the Lok Sabha Speaker and not the government, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday.

“The Speaker has all the powers to decide who will be LoP.

We (government) cannot do anything. Moreover, people of India also refused them (Congress) to have that much of a majority to claim the LoP’s post,” the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs told a press conference here.

He was here to attend the engagement ceremony of BJP national president Amit Shah’s son.

Javadekar, who holds the independent charge of Information and Broadcasting, said, “We want both Doordarshan and Akashvani to be popular among the masses. I held a meeting with local officials and asked them to come with ideas to improve the content of DD and AIR,” he said.

“To do that, we have decided to invite suggestions from people about what they would like to watch and listen,” he said.

“We are taking steps to make Doordarshan channels available in all cable TV as well as direct to home platforms.

Similarly, we need to convert the Medium Wave (MW) frequency of Akashvani to FM, as majority of radio sets catch only FM signals these days,” he said.

Answering a question on the government’s preparedness to tackle a possible drought due to a delayed monsoon, Javdekar admitted that the country would be in trouble if it does not rain.

“We held detailed discussions recently about how to face this challenge. Our government will make sure that people do not face shortage of food due to delayed monsoons,” he said.

“However, our country is still dependent on rains. We all should pray for enough rain, otherwise, we will face problems,” he added.

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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Jul 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm
    So who will be the leader of the opposition now? That question should concern all the citizen and the government in power. Many important appointments including the CVC require a leader of the opposition now . The smooth, efficient functioning of a democracy requires one!. It seems that there is a tendency here to drift into single party , single individual rule. Indians swing from godlike worship to hate like most poorly educated people do on the basis of por media. This atude is unsuitable for liberal democracy. One also hopes that DD and Akashwani are not converted into yet another mindless media for hero worship and stupid serials. .
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      Rangaesh Gadasalli
      Jul 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm
      This is a joke that the congress is demanding the post in spite of not having numbers in the house. Congress never believed in democracy. look who brought emergency and put all the opposition in jail? who did not allow any other party to be legal opposition for decades? who is appointing one foreign lady as President, year after year in a democracy? Now ths national herald issue has clearly exposed Sonia Intentions and for which country she is working. Take govt land on lease, get a loan from the party, buy govt property and rent it ou to govt and make it your own family property!
      1. K
        Jul 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm
        The Union Minister Prakash Javadekar is 100% correct. The Indian has rejected the congress party with overwhelming majority and don't want congress to be the LOP.
        1. C
          Jul 14, 2014 at 1:26 am
          Why can not they ask the electorate to give them at least an position post for all the sins they committed during the last six plus decades to the nation???? Including J&K, reservations, SCAMS, UNO security counsel seat etc???? Jaihind