Know here what rights Rahul Gandhi will have after becoming the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will be the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha. In the India Alliance meeting held late on Tuesday evening, Rahul Gandhi was formally approved to be made the leader of the opposition. Recently, in the Congress CWC meeting, Rahul Gandhi was unanimously requested to become the leader of the opposition. However, he had asked for some time to consider. It is said that initially Rahul Gandhi was not very keen on this. But after continuous demand from the party, he considered it.

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Decision taken in the India Alliance meeting

Rahul Gandhi, Derek O'Brien and Kalyan Banerjee of TMC, Ramgopal Yadav of SP, TR Balu of DMK, Surendra Yadav of RJD, Supriya Sule of NCP (SP), NK Premachandran of RSP, Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena (UBT), RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal were present in the meeting of Bharat Alliance. After the meeting, Congress Organization General Secretary KC Venugopal informed the media about this decision. He said that Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has written a formal letter to Protem Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab and informed about it. The stature of the Leader of Opposition is of cabinet rank. The Leader of Opposition is a member of the Select Committee constituted for many important posts including CBI Director. He is also the chairman of the prestigious PAC Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. In fact, PM Modi is the leader of the House in the Lok Sabha. Congress believes that after Rahul Gandhi becomes the leader of the opposition, he will emerge as the natural choice for the post of Prime Minister in the next five years.

It is worth noting that in the 2014 and 2019 general elections, the Congress did not get enough seats to get the status of Leader of the Opposition. To get the post of Leader of the Opposition, it is necessary to win at least ten percent of the total seats in the Lok Sabha. But according to tradition, in the last Lok Sabha, this post was given to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, MP from West Bengal from Congress. This time he has lost the election. However, this time the Congress has enough numbers to get the post of Leader of the Opposition.

Rahul Gandhi will be the face of the opposition in Lok Sabha

Actually, the party believed that now the time has come for Rahul Gandhi to come forward and lead the party. Just as Rahul Gandhi led the party during the Quit India Yatra, the party wanted him to lead the party in the Lok Sabha in the same way. Rahul Gandhi had emerged as the first choice for the Leader of Opposition within the party, so it was being said that this is a great opportunity to come into the leadership role. The party believed that Rahul Gandhi should raise the issues of the people in the House by becoming the Leader of Opposition like his father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi. According to party sources, just as Rahul Gandhi raised the ground issues related to the common man with full force from the Bharat Jodo Yatra to the current elections, in the same way he will now become the voice of the common man in the House.

The party will benefit greatly

It is believed that Rahul Gandhi's coming into this role will benefit both him and the party. After coming into the role of the leader of the opposition, the thinking about Rahul Gandhi will change in the opposition camp as well. His visits to India have made Rahul Gandhi an undisputed mass leader, whose strength is being acknowledged by the ruling party and the country along with the allies, but after becoming the leader of the opposition, the thinking of those people will also change, who somewhere still feel uncomfortable about Rahul Gandhi.

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