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Govt will look into non-inclusion of parties on anti-rape bill

PTI  New Delhi, March 19, 2013
First Published: 21:46 IST(19/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:48 IST(19/3/2013)

With many regional and small parties expressing anger over not being invited for the meeting on anti-rape bill, the government on Tuesday said it would enquire the issue and ensure that all are invited for such meetings in the future.

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"We will enquire the issue. We will call everyone (all parties) in the future," home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in the Lok Sabha.

However, he noted that all parties were invited for Tuesday's meeting.

Six regional and small parties took "strong exception" to not being invited for the meeting and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that all parties are invited at these crucial meetings in future.

Observing that all political parties in Parliament used to be called for meetings on crucial issues, leaders of these parties shot off a joint letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.

"Lately, such meetings are being called selectively inviting only selected leaders, leaving out important parties, including national parties and such meetings are construed as all-party meetings. This is very unfair and unfortunate. We take strong exception to this practice," they said in the letter.

They urged the Prime Minister to "see that such meetings are called giving representation to all the parties with representation in Parliament."

The signatories included Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), B Mahtab (BJD), S Semmalai (AIADMK), Nama Nageshwar Rao (TDP) and Rattan Singh Ajnala (Akali Dal).


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