Congress leader Rashid Alvi said the leader of the party in Opposition with the greatest numerical strength gets the post of Leader of Opposition.

“The party should be given the post or else it will be like weakening the democratic structure,” he added.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday the Congress will only be embarrassed if it goes to the court with the demand that the party should be given the post of Leader of Opposition.

"The required (numbers) for post of Leader of Opposition is clear and the Congress needs 55 seats for that, which they do not have. They can go to court if they want to but they will only be embarrassed. It will be a slap on their face," he said.

The Congress party lacks the requisite number of 55 MPs or minimum 10 percent seats of the total strength in Lok Sabha. However, it claims that should be given the Leader of Opposition’s post as the UPA has won the minimum required 55 seats.

“Congress should give up this hue and cry about seats and introspect what is right and wrong. They are reaping what they sowed,” said BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

According to reports, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is likely to decide on the matter by Monday.

Mahajan had last month said she is not in favour of taking any decision in haste on the issue of nominating Leader of Opposition but has to take a call before the Budget Session.

"I don't want to take any decision in haste on the issue of nominating Leader of Opposition. Before arriving at any decision on the issue, I will have to study in detail the related rules and traditions and also consult the subject experts," Mahajan said.
However, when asked about the time limit on the issue of deciding the Leader of Opposition, the 71-year-old leader said, "I will have to take a decision on the issue before the Lok Sabha's Budget Session."
"In such issues, the Lok Sabha Speaker is not supposed to go by his/her own inner voice. Therefore, I will see relevant parliamentary directives and precedents. After that only I will take a decision on the issue," she said.


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