Congress wants laws changed to qualify as Opposition

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  1. parijataka

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    Congress wants laws changed to qualify as Opposition

    New Delhi: With only 44 seats, the Indian National Congress is 11 seats short of the minimum required to sit in the Opposition benches in the house of 543 MPs.


    However, its well-known leader, Digvijay Singh, has demanded that the Parliamentary laws on 10 per cent seats to be the Opposition be changed such that the Congress can officially oppose the Narendra Modi-led NDA government which has a 300+ strong contingent in the Lok Sabha.

    Mr. Singh on Saturday told the media, “To hold the LoP (Leader of the Opposition) post, 55 seats are needed. So the law has to be amended.”

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu did not sound to enthusiastic about changing the laws. He put the ball in the Speaker’s court stating, “That is not my domain. That is the Speaker’s domain.”

    The Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, is a seasoned BJP Parliamentarian and reports suggested that she may not rule in favour of the Congress even as its appointed leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge met the Ms Mahajan on Thursday with a request to allow the UPA sit in the Opposition benches on the grounds that the alliance had been before the General Elections.

    Ms Mahajan is expected to go by the book and also the 1984 precedence when Rajiv Gandhi won a landslide election and there was none to sit in the Opposition.


    Ms Mahajan too steered clear of the issue of grant of Leader of Opposition status in the House to the Congress.

    "The meeting of leaders of political parties was convened to discuss the business of the House," was the refrain of the Speaker after the luncheon meeting to repeated questions on what was her decision on the issue.

    The Speaker had earlier said she will take a decision on the issue before the budget session after consulting constitutional experts and "experienced" persons.

    Mr. Kharge merely said that the s meeting was to discuss the issue to be raised during budget sesssion.

    He added that people have not granted the numbers to the Congress to get that status and said the rules have been framed in 1977 and would be followed. He also cited the example of 1984 when the TDP was not accorded the status.
    On Friday, Congress appeared to have decided to raise the pitch in its demand for being accorded the status for its nominee in the Lok Sabha making it clear that the Speaker has no arbitrary powers.

    Insisting that the powers of the Speaker are "neither arbitrary, nor unbridled or unilateral" on deciding the issue, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said the post of the Leader of the Opposition is a "constitutional right" of Congress as the biggest party in the opposition as also the biggest pre-poll alliance.
     
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  3. thakur_ritesh

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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I presume for a Political Party that claims to be the sole crusader for India's independence and inheritor of India, apart from having ruled over the major part of the 65 years of independent India, the ignominy to have been reduced to a 'political organisation' and not even qualifying to be a 'political party' , is too bitter a pill to swallow to assuage its ego and political arrogance.

    Therefore, this desperate last fling at political self respect of demanding without precedence or law, the position of the Leader of the Opposition.

    They forget that during their time, when other political parties did not have 10% members of the House, they did not allow any Party to have a Leader of the Opposition.

    This is typical Congress arrogance of thinking they own the country and their desires and diktats are the law.
     
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    Sonia and Rahul Gandhi did not rise up to b the congress nominee for LOP for this reason. To be denied the status.
    Now the party gears up it legal machinery to fight for a cause they themselves abused on so many occasions. I doubt the judiciary will want to interfere in executive business lest they open its owns doors to reforms it does not want.
     
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    If the Congress takes up the issue with the Courts and there is a good chance that will not hold scrutiny because of the current rules on procedure, as also there being no precedence.

    And if that happens, Congress' reputation will be in the mud.

    I wonder if they will go to the Courts. I think they will keep this alive to obtain maximum political purchase as possible.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    So Khurshed and the Congress feels that law and rules should be replaced by a 'big heart'.

    Good logic.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    How come the Congress forgot the Congress has said that even without its allies, others were entitled to the post.And could have cited The Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977, which it says grants statutory recognition to the post of LoP, and mandates the creation of such a post.?

    Adhajal gagari chalakat jaay

    Sawan ke andhe ko sab hara hi hara nazar aata hai.

    Ulta Chor Kotwal ko Dante

    Sadly there are in a position:

    Dhobi ka kutta na ghar ka na ghaat ka
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    ywh law should be changed but after 2019
     
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    Perhaps the congress should be asked why no LOP was appointed during their past governments. I am they will give a good spin to it. It will definitely make for interesting reading.
     
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    Above all this Diggi chacha and abhishek manu singhvi are shouting at BJP spokespersons and are saying that BJP is being very unfair to congress and this prashant bhushan is another idiot who is questioning the law.....
     
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    So now ComCon crying and begging over LOP.

    The same party did the Emergency and kicked/beaten opposition in jail.

    Its shameful they are asking the LOP.
     
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    Now they are reduced to begging for the leader of opposition post.
     
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    Trying to save their face after huge loss, cant expect anything else from dhongress
     
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    BJP won't gonna do it until budget will be passed cause an LOP will attack bjp harshly on budget.
     
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    Now, that the Congress has been reduced to this ignoble state are they realising - Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches,

    Too bad.
     
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    Congress from a ruling party has been reduced to just pockets of power. This mandate is clearly shows that the people of the country have rejected the Congress party from the centre. They should rather give AIADMK or TMC the LOP status as they have atleast got a thumping majority of seats from their respective states. I would preferably want AIADMK or TMC to have a LOP status as they represent states or region where BJP does not have enough representation. These regions need to be represented strongly at the centre by the lead opposition party.
     
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    sonia ke bure sin aa gaye...ab begging ki bhi training mil jayegi rani ko
     
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    There should be NO opposition.

    Let Modi ji rule with an iron fist.

    The point of giving him a mandate was a complete trust by the Indians in what he has done in his state of Gujarat.

    This means that we are talking about him having the same degree of control that Indira had over the country.

    Nothing could be better than a nationalist like him in absolute power and to watch the Nehru dynasty fizzle and burn away into oblivion as Modi ji goes about transforming India into a world power.
     
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    I hope BJP would not make such a huge mistake of letting congress have LOP. That gesture of magnanimity will surely drown this regime.

    I for one, will consider this regime to be too stupid to deliver on anything.
     
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    Why so desperate ?

    LoP issue: Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi meets President Pranab Mukherjee

     
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