67-year-old Nath, a nine-term MP, was administered the oath at a simple function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State (Parliamentary Affairs) Santosh K Gangwar.
    
The former Parliamentary affairs minister and Lok Sabha Member from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh was congratulated by the President and other dignitaries after the oath that took place in the 'Yellow Drawing Room' of the Presidents' House.
    
After the oath, Nath said that his party will play the role of a ‘constructive Opposition’ and will work to live up to the aspirations of the youth and the country.
    
"We will certainly play the role of a constructive Opposition. The BJP created ruckus and ran riot in the last five years in the House but we will not allow this," Nath told reporters after the oath.
    
He said that the role of the Opposition will be to draw the government's attention towards the needs of the people and to help ‘clear pending legislations’.
    
Nath said that the Speaker of the Lok Sabha will decide the Leader of the Opposition and this would happen on Friday.
    
"It is an important decision to have a Leader of Opposition," he added.
    
The Protem Speaker performs the duties of the office of the Speaker from the commencement of the sitting of the Lok Sabha till the election of the Speaker.

(Agencies)

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