Congress has sought a meeting with the Speaker at a time when the government is indicating that it was not averse to having a recognized Leader of Opposition in the Lower House like in the Rajya Sabha.
    
When contacted, Kharge said the party has sought an appointment with the Speaker but declined to divulge details.
    
The developments came after Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with the party MPs after it has readied a letter to be sent to the Speaker with signature of all UPA MPs in support of an Leader of Opposition for the Congress.
    
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the government would be happy to have a recognised Leader of Opposition in the House like in the Rajya Sabha.
    
He also said that he regretted that even without formally staking claim, some Congress leaders were talking of going to courts on the issue.
    
Congress had said on Monday that the letter to be sent to the Speaker is ready and it will go to her after signatures of all UPA MPs.
    
After the meeting Sonia Gandhi had with Lok Sabha MPs of the party including Rahul Gandhi, party sources said there would be efforts for greater coordination with other parties.
    
"We are the single largest party. We have got a pre-poll alliance. Hence, we are entitled to the Leader of the Opposition's post," Gandhi, who is also CPP Chairperson, had said on Monday.
     
Congress has 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

(Agencies)        

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