On Tuesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi announced that the opposition INDI alliance will extend its support to the BJP-led NDA government’s nominee for the Lok Sabha Speaker position, under one critical condition. Gandhi stated that their support hinges on the BJP agreeing to allocate the deputy speaker’s post to the opposition.

This demand was communicated after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached out to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, but a definitive response on the deputy speaker’s role was still pending.