There is also no assurance from the government whether the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha will be accommodated in the decision-making process relating to key appointments like Lokpal in the absence of Congress not getting recognition as Leader of the Opposition.
       
"I want to take opposition into confidence on PAC. I am in favour of giving it to the main opposition (Congress)," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in an interview on Thursday.

When asked whether the Deputy Speaker’s post will go to the Congress, he said, “I am holding discussions. We will take a decision during the course of the Budget Session.”
         
Naidu did not want to discuss the issue of whether the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha would be included in the Committees that will decide the candidates for Lokpal and other statutory bodies in case there is no recognized Leader of Opposition from the Lok Sabha.
         
"Leader of the Opposition is not in my domain. It is for the Law Ministry," he said in reply to a question on the subject.
         
He said there are precedents about the issue of Leader of Opposition.
         
"The Speaker will examine this. How I can say on behalf of the Speaker. If any party had more than 10 percent of seats in the House, the issue would have been settled automatically straightaway. It is for the Speaker to take a call," he said.

(Agencies)

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