Punjab Elections 2017: No Impediment For AAP To Have Leader Of Opposition Post In New Assembly
Contrary to the speculation in political circles that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislative leader in the new assembly may not get the the designation of Leader of Opposition, the outgoing Speaker of the assembly, Charanjit Singh Atwal, said that going by the rules there, did not seem any impediment for AAP. Post announcement of the Punjab assembly election results, there have been murmurs that even though AAP was the largest opposition party, having more seats than SAD-BJP alliance, there may be a move to deny them the position of LoP because their numbers were much less than the required percentage. This would be the first time in 20 years that the outgoing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would not be the LoP in the state assembly. Since the SAD-BJP combine has managed to get lesser seats than the AAP, as per the rules it will not be able to get the status of LoP for Badal.