- August 17, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Polity
Context – No opposition parties in Nagaland Assembly now.
- Leader of Opposition is a statutory office provided for in the Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in the Parliament Act, 1977.
- The leader of the party in opposition to the government which has the greatest number becomes the Leader of Opposition. The Speaker needs to recognise him/her as the Leader of Opposition.
- The rule that a party should have at least 10% of the members of the House for the Speaker to recognise someone as the Leader of Opposition is not part of this act.
- G V Mavalankar, the first Lok Sabha Speaker, said the main opposition party’s strength must equal the quorum i.e., 10% of the total strength.
- This point was later incorporated in Direction 121 (1) of the Directions by the Speaker, Lok Sabha, and The Leaders and Chief Whips of Recognised Parties and Groups in Parliament (facilities) Act of 1998.