The Indian parliament building in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Dilip Banerjee/Bloomberg News)

Kharge Declines Government’s Offer To Attend Lokpal Meeting As Special Invitee

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has written to the prime minister, declining the government’s offer to attend the meeting of the selection committee for Lokpal appointment as a special invitee.

The government had invited Kharge for today’s meeting of the selection committee as a special invitee.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kharge said that the special 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 the Lok Sabha is a member of the selection committee and since Kharge is not the Leader of the 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.
Mallikarjun Kharge’s Letter To Narendra Modi

“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.