Cong may move court for leader of oppn status

July 06, 2014 - 12:50:14 am

New Delhi: The Congress is considering the option of going to court if its leader in the Lok Sabha is not recognised as leader of opposition in the house, party sources said.

“Knocking the court’s door is one of the options, but we will wait and watch for now,” said a Congress leader who did not wish to be named. 

The source, however, added that the issue was being discussed in party fora and a final decision had not been taken.

The Congress, with 44 members, is the second largest party in the Lok Sabha. However, it falls short of the 10 percent mark — 55 members in the 545-member house — which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has cited as mandatory as per rules for its leader to become the leader of opposition in the house.

Congress leaders have said that their leader in the Lok Sabha should be recognised as the leader of opposition. Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, and chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia have met Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who has to take a decision on the issue.

A union minister, however, said the Congress had not formally broached the issue with the speaker so far.