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‘Right to be heard’: Opposition parties to meet Speaker today

It is not clear whether the Left would join the delegation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 8, 2014 10:37:28 am

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Amid the standoff with the government in Parliament, opposition parties led by the Congress will Monday meet Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to protest alleged attempts to drown out the voice of the Opposition in the Lower House.

The Congress alleges microphones of Opposition members had been switched off last week to censor their comments against the government. Sources said leaders of Congress, Trinamool Congress, SP, JD(U), NCP and RJD would jointly meet the Speaker to register the protest.

It is not clear whether the Left would join the delegation.

Congress, Trinamool and the Left have been boycotting Lok Sabha over the controversial remarks made by Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. The sources said the parties could end their boycott and resume attending the House if the Speaker gives an assurance that their “right to be heard” would be protected. In a way, this could be a face saver for the Opposition given the fact that the government has outrightly rejected its demand for Jyoti’s ouster.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, had on Thursday led a walkout from the House alleging that the microphones of Opposition members had been switched off. Congress MPs claimed the cameras of the Lok Sabha television too shifted focus from them simultaneously.

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