Sonia meets President as Congress seeks Leader of Opposition status

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New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi met President Pranab Mukherjee amid the party’s keen desire that its leader in the Lok Sabha should be accorded the status of Leader of Opposition.

Party leaders said that Gandhi met the President but termed it as “courtesy meeting”.

The Congress is keen on the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, saying that it is the second largest party in the lower house and was the lead party of United Progressive Alliance.

Gandhi herself has articulated the demand, saying that the Congress was single largest opposition party and had a pre-poll alliance.

“We are entitled to get the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha,” she said.