A day after the Supreme Court decided to interpret the provision of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said today her denying LoP's post to Congress was based on rules and tradition and that the apex court had made no observation against her.
"The Supreme Court has questioned the Centre on the issue of Lokpal's appointment in the absence of LoP and the Attorney General will inform the court about the government's stand. It has made no observation against the Speaker," She told journalists.
She defended her decision of not according LoP's 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 experts opinion on the issue. 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.
In a significant development, the Supreme Court had yesterday decided to go into the issue of interpreting 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 Leader of Opposition conveys the voice of representation different from government in the House.
The government had to put on hold the appointment of a new chief of Central Information Commission yesterday due to the absence of LoP in the selection committee, leaving the transparency watchdog headless for the first time since its ince
What the Chief Justice said makes ample sense. But the Speaker will harp on "rules and traditions". Wise men know that what makes obvious sense should change rules and break traditions. Wisdom however is in short supply in our Parliament. ""
Since 1947 to 1989 Nehru,Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Ganhi did not allow the Speakers to appoint an LOP.
Hence per FARUKI
OUR PMs were all wisdom because as they did not change the Rules nor broke the traditions.
But since FARUKI HAS BEEN SAYING FOR DECADE Plus THAT SANGHIS ARE DEVOID OF WISDOM AND COURAGE TO CHANGE THE TRADITIONS SO WHAT IS HIS POINT NOW. ???
> "Chief Justice R M Lodha had emphasised the importance of the post saying Leader of Opposition conveys the voice of representation different from government in the House."
What the Chief Justice said makes ample sense. But the Speaker will harp on "rules and traditions". Wise men know that what makes obvious sense should change rules and break traditions. Wisdom however is in short supply in our Parliament.
Congress must introspect on the drubbing in 2014.
LOP isnt goin to make a difference,every passing day Namo is gaining ground and Congress look like desperate Jokers.
Ma//Beta facing revolt within ranks,its time Sonia looks at Assam which is in chaos.
BJP isnt going to give Congress any respect as they smell blood in Maha,Haryana and Jharkhand.
It is curtains for Congress.
Only Speaker can decide LOP or no LOP .
Can SC give directions to the Speaker as how to run the House ?? Why SC was mum during Nehru,Indira and Rajiv era ??
Suppose Speaker takes the stand that SC Constitutionally can't direct as to how to run the House !!
CJI had judiciously said in the past that let Parliament do its duties and Judiciary do its own duties .
Let us see how the issue is resolved ? But I have faith in the Parliament,SC and Speaker that they can wisely resolve this tangle.