Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge Declines to Attend Lokpal’s Ombudsman Selection Meeting

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Opposition Congress party leader Mallikarjun Kharge in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to boycott the ombudsman selection of the Lokpal meeting on Friday.

Kharge said, “Cannot accept the opposition being made voiceless in the critical matter.”

Kharge was invited to the meeting as a “special invitee” by the ruling government.  Kharge commented he will make his presence if only relevant changes are to be made in the law.

Aiming at PM Modi, Kharge said, “Since 2014, the government has not made any attempt to amend the relevant provisions of the Lokpal Act to include the Leader of the Single Largest Party in the Opposition to be a member of the Selection Committee.”

On citing his exclusion from all the earlier Lokpal meetings, Kharge criticized, “shows that the intention of the Government was to only exclude the Opposition from this crucial process.”

Earlier on March 7, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to roll out possible dates for the selection of the ombudsman of the Lokpal meeting.

Last year in September, the Prime Minister-led Lokpal committee includes former chief of State Bank of India (SBI) Arundhati Bhattacharya, Prasar Bharati chairperson A Surya Prakash, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) head A S Kiran Kumar as members among others.

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