New Delhi, June 8: The extended Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest executive forum of the party, unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday to appoint former chief Rahul Gandhi as the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Rahul Gandhi won the Lok Sabha elections from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala. After the Lok Sabha Polls , the Congress has emerged as the second-largest party in the election and improved its tally to 99, from 52 in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. CWC Meeting: Congress Working Committee Passes Resolution To Appoint Rahul Gandhi As LoP in Lok Sabha, Say Sources

What is Leader of Opposition?

The Leader of Opposition is a pivotal figure in a parliamentary democracy, serving as a counterbalance to the ruling party. This role involves scrutinising government policies, providing alternative viewpoints, and ensuring the accountability of the ruling party. In India, the LoP is also a member of key committees that influence crucial appointments, including the selection committees for the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Chief Information Commissioner, and the National Human Rights Commission, among others. Sonia Gandhi Re-Elected As Chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party (Watch Videos).

Privileges and Benefits

The LoP enjoys several privileges, similar to those of a Cabinet minister. These include a salary, official residence, and other allowances. The LoP also receives office staff and facilities to aid in their legislative and administrative duties. The position is crucial not just for the perks it offers but for the strategic advantage it provides in steering the opposition’s agenda and maintaining a check on the executive branch.

The Push for Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi's potential elevation to the LoP position comes at a critical juncture. The Congress party believes that his leadership can revitalise the opposition and present a formidable challenge to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Gandhi’s experience and stature within the Congress party make him a natural choice for this role. His appointment would signal a strong commitment by the Congress to hold the government accountable and to present a cohesive and effective opposition.

The Congress party’s push for Gandhi’s appointment is also a response to the need for a united and vocal opposition. Given the complexities of the current political landscape, having a leader of Gandhi's caliber in the LoP position is seen as essential for effective governance and democracy.

In conclusion, Rahul Gandhi’s potential appointment as the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha is a strategic move by the Congress party to strengthen its role and influence in Parliament. This position not only comes with significant privileges but also carries the weight of ensuring a balanced and accountable government.

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