Can 'friendly party' become 'main opposition party' in TS?

A strange situation has cropped up in Telangana Legislative Assembly today. MIM MLAs occupied the chairs in the Assembly meant for Main Opposition party.

Congress MLAs were sitting in these chairs all these days.

But after the defection and merger of 12 Congress MLAs into ruling TRS recently, the Congress lost 'main opposition' status as it has just 6 MLAs now.

The MIM on the other hand emerged as the largest party after TRS with 7 MLAs.

However, to get 'main opposition status' in TS Assembly for any party, it should have 12 MLAs. But MIM has only 7 MLAs.

Despite this, the Speaker has allotted 'main opposition' seats to MIM. However, MIM is the 'friendly party' of TRS.

TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR himself announced in the Assembly more than once that MIM is the 'friendly party' of TRS.

This will naturally raise a question whether a 'friendly party' can don the role of a 'main opposition' party and question ruling party on its failures and unfulfilled poll promises.