BJP trying to deny Congress LoP status in Maharashtra Assembly: Ahmed

Congress, which was denied Leader of the Opposition status in Lok Sabha, on Monday accused BJP of attempting the same in Maharashtra Assembly and warned that it would strongly protest against any such move.

New Delhi: Congress, which was denied Leader of the Opposition status in Lok Sabha, on Monday accused BJP of attempting the same in Maharashtra Assembly and warned that it would strongly protest against any such move.

"BJP is dilly-dallying in giving LoP status to Congress in Maharashtra and trying to give to a party, which has served as its ally this time. This is totally against democracy. Congress party will protest against it very strongly," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.

Shiv Sena, which is participating in a coalition government with BJP in the state, has said that it will be unfair to deny the LoP status to Congress.

Both Congress and NCP are vying for the LoP post, which fell vacant after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde resigned as the Leader of Opposition on December 6 and joined as a Cabinet Minister in the state government yesterday.

While Congress has 41 MLAs in the 288-member House, NCP has 40 seats. Five Congress members have been suspended.  

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