"There is no need to speculate on the issue. A decision will be taken. The decision has to be taken in writing by the Speaker,” party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was also asked what the party would do if it failed to get the Leader of Opposition status in the Lower House.

Singhvi's remarks came close on the heels of BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy taking a jibe at the Congress in the Lok Sabha.

"We never imagined that we will have to welcome a national party as a regional party in this House. ... What prompted this to happen? Why this mandate? ... People have punished you for your misrule for 65 years," Rudy had said.

Singh, however, said that he was not reacting to Rudy’s statement.

"The Leader of Opposition issue is between the Congress and Speaker. When the decision is taken in whatever manner you will be told,” he said.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had taunted the Congress saying that people have not chosen any party for the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Congress is making a pitch for the post and has been seeking a ‘quick and proper’ decision insisting that the important post should not be denied to the largest party in the opposition.


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