Read: LoP needed for other key appointments tooThe Speaker defended her decision of not according LoP status to the leader of the Congress party in the House for want of numbers.
"I have taken the decision after studying the rules and traditions and after taking expert opinion. No opposition party has more than 55. Till date the rule that a party should have a minimum of 10 per cent seats in the House for being accorded the status of LoP has not changed," she said.
In any case, Mahajan said, the Opposition exists in the Lok Sabha and is doing its work properly except for the fact that there is no Leader of Opposition. The Speaker also said in 1980 and 1984 there was no Leader of Opposition in the House because no party had the required strength.
Read: Govt puts on hold new CIC's appointment in absence of LoP In a significant development, the Supreme Court had on Friday decided to interpret the provision of LoP in Lok Sabha in the matter of selection of statutory bodies when there is no recognised LoP. Asking the government to make its stand clear within two weeks, a bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha had emphasised the importance of the post saying the Leader of Opposition conveys the voice different from thegovernment in the House.
Landmark intervention by SC: CongressCongress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad termed as "landmark" the Supreme Court's saying it will help restore the bipartisan spirit of Indian democracy. Azad said the NDA government had cited a convention which had "outlived its life" to deny the LoP status to Congress and that it was trying to "subvert" the appointment of various statutory authorities like Lokpal and CVC among others.
"The NDA government has been pretentious in denying the position of the LoP to Congress by giving the issue a different colour only to make explicit its authoritarian tendencies of bulldozing its way through," he said.