Congress narrowly saves the LoP post with 1 Member in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi : Success in the Lok Sabha has imperiled the Opposition’s equation in the Rajya Sabha, with the Congress narrowly saving the post of Leader of the Opposition (LoP) after two of its members K.C. Venugopal and Deepender Hooda’s election to the Lower House.

As per the current statistical position, the BJP with 90 members is the single largest party, followed by the Congress at 26, Trinamool Congress at 13 and YSR Congress at 11. The minimum requirement for any party to hold the Leader of the Opposition post needs to have at least 25 members. Currently, the post is held by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge.

Other than Mr. Venugopal and Mr. Hooda the other members include BJP’s Piyush Goyal, Biplab Kumar Deb, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Vivek Thakur, Sarbananda Sonowal, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Udayanraje Bhonsale. With Mr. Goyal’s exit, the BJP will also have to elect a new Leader of the House. RJD leader Misa Bharati winning Pataliputra has also ceased to be a member of the Upper House.