New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday declined the government's invitation to attend the meeting of the Selection Committee for Lokpal appointment as a special invitee.
The government had invited Kharge for the meeting, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
Writing a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Kharge launched a scathing attack at the government and said that they are making "concerted effort to exclude the independent voice of the Opposition" by extending a special invitee invitation.
According to the Lokpal Act, only the leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha can be a member of the Selection Committee. Kharge is not the leader of the opposition, so he is not a part of the committee.
"A 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," the letter read.
"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," Kharge added.
"In these circumstances I must decline the invite as a 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 added.
The letter was also tweeted by the Congress party.