Centre convenes meeting on suspended MPs issue

New Delhi: The Central government on Monday invited five political parties whose MPs were suspended from the Upper House for a meeting. Since then, these MPs have been continuously staging dharna near Gandhi Murti in the Parliament premises. Clashes between the opposition and the government over the issue are also on the rise. The 12 MPs who were suspended on the first day of the winter session of Parliament include MPs from Congress, TMC, Shiv Sena, CPI and CPI (M).

However, the opposition has turned down an invitation sent by the government to leaders of 5 parties to resolve the issue of suspension of 12 rajya sabha members. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi had called leaders of 5 political parties for a meeting on Monday morning after Rajya Sabha leader Piyush Goyal called for a meeting to discuss the issue of suspension of MPs and resolve it. But high level sources in opposition parties have said that they will not attend a meeting convened by leader Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha on Monday morning.

According to sources, invitations have been sent by the government to Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Shiv Sena and CPIM. The meeting is convened at 10 a.m. on Monday. But the Opposition says that 4 or 5 parties are not the entire Opposition. Leader of opposition in the Upper House Mallikarjun Kharge said in a letter to Joshi that it is unfortunate that the government has invited only 4 to 5 parties instead of all opposition leaders.

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