While discarding the PIL, the Apex Court said, “We are not here to decide political issues in PIL”.

The Supreme Court added that the ruling of the Lok Sabha Speaker in the Parliament is not amenable to judicial review.

The PIL had asserted that since Congress is the largest party in the Opposition in the House, it should be given the status of LoP as provided under the 1977 law on salary and allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament.

The petitioner ML Sharma said in the court that the issue of LoP in the Lower House cannot be mixed up with the statutory provision that says the political party with at least 10 percent of the total strength of the Lok Sabha can be given the status recognized Opposition party in the House.

In a jolt to Congress, which is fighting for the Leader of Opposition post in the Lok Sabha, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had earlier opined that it is not eligible and there is no precedent since the days of the first Lok Sabha to grant the post to a party which does not have the minimum required MPs.

The petitioner was contesting Rohatgi’s opinion in the Supreme Court.

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