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Mallikarjun Kharge declines government’s offer to attend Lokpal meeting

SNS | New Delhi |

A Selection Committee is all set to meet today with an agenda of appointing an anti-corruption Lokpal. The meet will have Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Justice of India in attendance.

The main opposition Congress has refused to be a part of the meet as it objected to the “special invitee” status in the meeting.

Refusing to attend the meet, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wrote a letter to the Prime Minister saying that, “a more apt and statesman-like conduct is expected from the prime minister of the country.”

“At the outset, let me state on behalf of myself, my party and the entire opposition that ‘Special Invitee Invitation’ is a concerted effort to exclude the independent voice of the opposition altogether from the selection process of the most important anti-corruption watchdog,” he added.

The government had invited him for today’s meeting of the Selection Committee as a special invitee.

Kharge, in the letter, has said that a special invitee invitation is a concerted effort to exclude the voice of the opposition in Lokpal selection.

As per the Lokpal Act, only the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha is a member of the Selection Committee and since Kharge is not the Leader of Opposition, he is not a part of the committee.

“My mere presence as special invitee without rights of participation, recording of my opinion and voting would be a mere eyewash ostensibly aimed at showcasing the participation of the opposition in the selection process.

In these circumstances I must decline the invite as special invitee to uphold the inviolability of the Lokpal Act 2013 as the current proceedings have reduced a sacred procedure to a political presence,” he said in the letter.