Earlier on Monday, Sonia held a strategy session with party leaders in the Parliament ahead of the two-day debate in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Last week, she had held a meeting of the UPA Coordination Committee in New Delhi.

The Congress, with 44 MPs is the largest opposition party, closely followed by Jayalalithaa's AIADMK at 37 representatives. The BJP won 282 seats and with its allies enjoys strength of 336 MPs in the Lower House.

A party needs 55 MPs, ten percent of the total strength, to get recognition as the principal Opposition party in the House. With 44 MPs, the Congress does not fulfill the criteria.

Any decision in this regard will now be taken by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan whether she recognizes the Congress as main opposition party or not in the Lower House.

Earlier this month, Sonia had selected former labour minister and party MP from Gulbarga Lok Sabha seat Mallikarjun Kharge as the Leader of Congress party in the Lower House.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, however, on Monday said people have not chosen a party for the post but the matter is still ‘not foreclosed’.

"The Congress is not able to understand the spirit of the mandate. The Congress should introspect over its miserable defeat. People have not chosen any Leader of the Opposition and that is the position,” Naidu said.


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