NEW DELHI: Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi on Friday sent his opinion to the Lok Sabha Speaker on the Leader of the Opposition post and said the Congress was not eligible for it.
The Congress with 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha has emerged as the second largest party after the BJP’s 282 seats but fell short by 11 seats to stake claim for the LoP, for which it requires a strength of 55.
As per Direction 121, the Speaker should ensure that a Parliamentary party or group should have at least one-tenth of the total number of members of the Lok Sabha for being eligible for getting the LoP post.
Commenting on the development, the Congress, which has recently upped the ante over the issue, hoped that the Speaker will “not be misguided” by the opinion of the AG.
“The Attorney General represents the government’s opinion. He articulates the government’s viewpoint. The government has nothing to do with it (LoP issue). It is the domain of the Speaker. We will react after the ruling of the Speaker,” Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed.