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, â€œTo hold the LoP (Leader of the Opposition) post, 55 seats are needed. So the law has to be amended.â€ Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu did not sound to enthusiastic about changing the laws. He put the ball in the Speakerâ€™s court stating, â€œThat is not my domain. That is the Speakerâ€™s domain.â€ 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.