The Supreme Court said not having a LoP in the Parliament will raise doubts over the smooth functioning of democracy as well as over the selection of CVC and other important constitutional posts.

The Apex Court agreed to interpret Leader of Opposition provision for purpose of appointment of Lokpal in which LoP is a selection committee member.

The Supreme Court further said that the LoP puts forward the different voices and opinions present in the House.  

The court added that the LoP is a very important component under the Lokpal law and it needs objective consideration.

The court also asked the government to take immediate efforts to resolve the ongoing impasse on the position of LoP, adding that the issue cannot be prolonged and the act cannot be put in cold storage.

The Supreme Court then ordered the government to post the case for final disposal on September 9.

While commenting on the issue, Chief Justice of India (CJI) RS Lodha said he had never imagined there won’t be a Leader of Opposition in the Lower House.

Earlier, in a major jolt to the Congress, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday had refused to give the Leader of Opposition (LoP) post to the party, saying that they do not have the mandatory 10 percent seats in the Lower House required for the post.

The Congress had reacted sharply to Mahajan's decision rejecting the LoP status in Lok Sabha and said it was ‘unfair and blatantly paritsan’.

"The Speaker's ruling is unfair, blatantly partisan and in direct conflict with law and statutes," party spokesman Anand Sharma had said.

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