Q. Consider the following statements regarding leader of the opposition:
1.The leader of the largest Opposition party having not less than one-third seats of the total strength of the House is recognized as the leader of the Opposition in that House.
2.The leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were accorded statutory recognition in 1977.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
Notes:

Explanation: In each House of Parliament, there is the ‘Leader of the Opposition’. The leader of the largest Opposition party having not less than one-tenth seats of the total strength of the House is recognised as the leader of the Opposition in that House.

  • In a parliamentary system of government, the leader of the opposition has a significant role to play. His main functions are to provide a constructive criticism of the policies of the government and to provide an alternative government.
  • Therefore, the leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were accorded statutory recognition in 1977.
  • They are also entitled to the salary, allowances and other facilities equivalent to that of a cabinet minister.
  • It was in 1969 that an official leader of the opposition was recognized for the first time. The same functionary in USA is known as the ‘minority leader’.

Source: Laxmikanth Polity