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Government invites leaders of 5 parties for talks, Opposition cries foul.

The Centre Sunday invited the leaders of five parties whose MPs had been suspended for a discussion on Monday to resolve the Rajya Sabha stalemate. The Congress and other parties, however, said the government was trying to divide the Opposition.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge replied to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi’s invitation to the meeting, saying: “All Opposition parties are united in the protest against the suspension of the 12 MPs. We have been requesting from the evening of November 29th itself that either the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha or the Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal, should call leaders of all Opposition parties for a discussion to break the stalemate. This reasonable request of ours has not been agreed to…” He added that only inviting leaders from a few parties, instead of from all Opposition parties, was “unfair and unfortunate”.


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