CM – Opposition rejects invitation from Modi government to resolve the issue of the suspension of MP Rajya Sabha

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The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Prahlad Joshi, had invited leaders from four political parties to a meeting on Monday morning that was convened by the Chairman of the House of Representatives in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal.

Published: December 19, 2021 11:31 PM |

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During the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi, opposition members leave the Rajya Sabha. (File Photo | PTI)

NEW DELHI: There is no solution in sight to the stalemate in Rajya Sabha over the suspension of 12 MPs as a united opposition rejected the government’s efforts to resolve the congestion on Sunday

Top sources in the opposition said they will not attend the Monday morning session convened by House Leader Piyush Goyal as invitations have been sent to the leaders of the four parties whose MPs have been suspended , and not to the entire opposition.

In response to a letter from Parliamentary Minister Pralhad Joshi inviting the four parties, the opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that « selected invitations were unhappy ».

The Government invitations were sent to Congress, the Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, and the CPI (M), sources said.

The session was convened at 10 a.m. on Monday as the winter session of the P arlaments goes into their final week.

« We will not be attending tomorrow’s meeting with the government as the opposition stands united in their struggle, » a senior opposition leader told the PTI.

Kharge said he did received a letter on Sunday evening calling on the leaders of the four parties whose members were suspended in the Rajya Sabha to attend the meeting.

“All opposition parties are united in protest against the suspension of the 12 MPs. We ourselves demanded on the evening of November 29th that either the chairman of the Rajya Sabha or the chairman of the House of Representatives Piyush Goyal call the leaders of all opposition parties « parties for discussion to break the stalemate, » he said.

« This reasonable request was not granted. Also, it is unfair and regrettable to invite leaders from only four opposition parties instead of inviting leaders from all opposition parties, » said Kharge in his letter to the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Joshi.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien tweeted, « Monday morning STUNT from a government that doesn’t want parliament to work.

The government is calling the leaders of the four opposition parties whose 12 RS MPs have been arbitrarily suspended. »

« The government leaves out the other 10 opposition parties. Failed stunt. All opposition clear: first revoke arbitrary suspension », he said on Twitter.

« It is very unfortunate that the government has delayed such talks with the opposition even after three weeks of suspension. Even now, the government’s action is not sincere, as the meeting is only intended for the parliamentary group leaders of the suspended MPs. « He said in the letter.

 » You know very well that the entire opposition has taken a unified position on this issue of the suspension and all opposition parties have jointly asked the chairman and the government to hold such a meeting to discuss the Resolve stalemate from day one. « 

He claimed it was the government who delayed it and the decision to invite only part of the opposition leaders to the meeting was » totally unfair and unacceptable.  » « If the government is sincere in solving this problem, I would ask you to convene the meeting of all opposition parties, » said Kareem in his letter to Joshi.

The opposition parties have decided to meet on Monday morning at in the last week of the winter session in parliament to develop their common strategy.

The Rajya Sabha has failed to do significant business as the opposition in the House of Representatives unites prot esteemed, leading to repeated disruptions in the issue of the suspensions.

While the government wants the suspended MPs to apologize first, the opposition says the suspensions will be revoked without apology.

The Chairman of Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu, had asked the government and the opposition to resolve the deadlock with the suspensions and to find an amicable solution.

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