New Delhi: In a majpr setback to the congress party the Supreme Court of India rejected a Public Interest Litigation seeking the Leader of Opposition status for the party in the Lower House. While rejecting the plea, the paex court stated that the aggreived party must be present in court if they want the status of LOP. The Lok Sabha currently does not have a Leader of opposition as the minimum strength of 55 seats are required to stake claim. The opposition with the highest seats is the Indian National congress with 44 seats.
In 2014, Congress had approached Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan over the same. After taking the opinion of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi she rejected the plea. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is currently the leader of Congress Parliamentary party.