Govt did not send invite to Opposition MPs for any G20 event, says Tharoor, including presidential dinner

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor criticised the Modi govt, saying no other democracy would snub its parliamentary colleagues on a global stage in this way

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who has said no other democracy in the world would snub its parliamentary colleagues on a global stage by not inviting Opposition MPs to G20 events the nation hosted (photo: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who has said no other democracy in the world would snub its parliamentary colleagues on a global stage by not inviting Opposition MPs to G20 events the nation hosted (photo: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday, 10 September, criticised the Narendra Modi government for not sending a single invitation to the Opposition leaders for any of the G20 events.

There were no invites for Opposition leaders to the dinner hosted by President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday, 8 September, either.

Tharoor noted that no other democracy would snub its own parliamentary colleagues on a global stage like this.

"This diplomatic triumph makes it all the more a pity that the government does not bring the same attitude of conciliation and co-operation to bear in its domestic dealings. The failure to invite the leader of the Opposition (in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge) and indeed any Opposition MP to any of the G20 events, receptions, dinner, etc., underscores my point.

"No other democracy would snub its own Parliamentary colleagues on a global stage like this. A pity that the spirit of accommodation that prevailed at G20 is absent within Indian politics," Tharoor wrote on X (formerly Twitter), referring to the G20 Summit while resharing his earlier post, complimenting India's G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant for achieving consensus on the Delhi Declararation.

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