Congress entitled to Leader of Opposition post in LS: Sonia

New Delhi, 7 July-2014(PTI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday staked her party’s claim on the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Congress entitled to Leader of Opposition post in LS: Sonia

We are the single largest party and we have a pre-poll alliance, said Sonia Gandhi. (Source: PTI photo)
We are the single largest party and we have a pre-poll alliance, said Sonia Gandhi. (Source: PTI photo)

“We are the single largest party and we have a pre-poll alliance. Hence, we are entitled to get the post of Leader of Opposition in LS,” Sonia said as the Budget Session of Parliament began on a stormy note.
While Congress has secured 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, government managers have said it was less than the requisite strength of 10 per cent of the House.
Earlier, 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.