Media report claimed that many political parties including Trinamool Congress (TMC), BJD, YSR Congress informed Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan about their unwillingness to sit with Congress in the House. Other parties, which refused to share benches in the House with Congress members, were -- AIADMK, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).
Media report also claimed that the Speaker has been facing the problem while attempting to allot seats in the newly elected 16th Lok Sabha. Political parties reportedly asserted that the Speaker should keep in mind that their political positioning are different from Congress and BJP and their seating arrangement in Parliament should reflect that.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is facing problem while allocating seats to parties
Congress has been facing one of the toughest conditions in the Parliament. Contradicting to its previous situation, parties like TMC, YSR Congress too refused to sit with them. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party was a close ally to Congress and used to share the treasury benches in the House when UPA was in power at the Centre.
However, now the entire scenario has been changed as Congress has only 44 seats while it had 200 in the previous Lok Sabha. Congress does not even meet technical qualifications for a Leader of Opposition in the 543-member Lok Sabha.