SC dismisses PIL seeking Leader of Opposition status for Congress in Parliament

In 2014, the Congress had approached Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan over the issue but the plea was rejected.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2016, 12:12 PM IST
SC dismisses PIL seeking Leader of Opposition status for Congress in Parliament

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, Monday, rejected a Pulblic Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking Leader of Opposition (LoP) status for the Congress in Lok Sabha.

While refusing to entertain the plea, the apex court noted that the aggrieved party (Congress) was not in court and if they want the status of LoP the they should approach the court on their own.

The Lok Sabha has no LoP as the Congress with 44 seats – second largest group after BJP's 282 - fell short of the minimum strength of 55 required to stake claim for the post.

In 2014, the party had approached Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan over the same but she – after taking the opinion of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi - rejected the plea.

Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge is the leader of Congress Parliamentary party in the Lok Sabha.