A day after the Supreme Court expressed its worry about the position of Leader of Opposition remaining vacant; Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan supported her decision to deny the post. She explained that her decision was based upon the rules and tradition, and the apex court has made no scrutiny against her.
She told the reporters, “The Supreme Court has questioned the Centre on the issue of the Lokpal’s appointment in the absence of the LoP and the Attorney General will inform the court about the government’s stand. It has made no observation against the Speaker”.
The speaker added, “I have taken the decision after learning the rules and traditions and after taking experts’ opinions on the issue. No opposition party has more than 55 seats. 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”.