Paswan mocks Rahul for not getting enough seats of Leader of Opposition
Union Minister and NDA ally Lok Janashakti Party’s (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday mocked Congress for falling short to get the chair of leader of the opposition (LOP).
The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was frontrunner for the post of Prime Minister before 17th Lok Sabha election. But after the result his party falls short to even help it get the chair of LoP, by winning just 52 seats.
As per the criteria, a party must get 10 per cent of the total seats of the lower house to occupy the LOP. Elections were held for 542 Lok Sabha seats, implying that 55 seats are required for a party to get the chair of LOP.
Paswan claimed that he had predicted victory of his ministerial colleague Smriti Irani from Amethi against Rahul Gandhi.
He said, “I have been telling it for past three years that there is no vacancy for the post of the Prime Minister in 2019 and hence they (opponents) should vie for leader of opposition (LOP) chair.” The union minister also stated before media that Congress has not even got seats to be able to get the LOP post again. Congress has got 52 Lok Sabha seats.