Official Opposition is a term used in
1950-1977: vacant 1977- 1979 : Indian National Congress 1984-1989 : vacant 1989 - 1991: Indian National Congress 1991 - 1998: Bharatiya Janata Party 1998 - 2004: Indian National Congress 2004 - 2009: Bharatiya Janata Party 2009 - 2014: Bharatiya Janata Party 2014 - 2019: vacant, No opposition party secured 10% of the total seats (55/543).
The Opposition’s main role is to question the government of the day and hold them accountable to the public.The Opposition is equally responsible in upholding the best interests of the people of the country. They have to ensure that the Government does not take any steps, which might have negative implications on the people of the country. The role of the opposition in parliament is basically to check the excesses of the ruling or dominant party, and not to be totally antagonistic. There are actions of the ruling party which may be beneficial to the masses and opposition is expected to support such steps. In Parliament, Opposition Party has a major role and must act to discourage the party in power from acting against the interests of the country and the common man. They are expected to alert the population and the Government on the content of any Bill, which is not in the best interests of the country. References