Parliament logjam: Modi govt to hold all-party meeting on Monday

A day After an all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan failed to end the Parliament deadlock, Modi government on Friday confirmed that it will hold another meeting tomorrow.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015, 18:35 PM IST
Parliament logjam: Modi govt to hold all-party meeting on Monday

New Delhi: A day After an all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan failed to end the Parliament deadlock, Modi government on Friday confirmed that it will hold another meeting tomorrow.

During the meet, it is believed that discussion will take place over how to resolve the demands of the Opposition in the house - the resignation of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministers.

Indicating a washout of the entire Monsoon Session, the Opposition led by the Congress, earlier in the day, continued its protest in the Lok Sabha over the Lalit Modi and the Vyapam issues.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu insisted that the washout for the second consecutive week of the Monsoon Session was not due to government's fault and that it was unwilling to concede to Congress's demand that Union minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers resign over their alleged role in scams.

He claimed that in the 14 months of the BJP government, there has been no scam, scandal or political vendetta.

Rejecting the Opposition's charge the government had not reached out to them, Naidu said he had called a meeting of various parties today morning as well but Congress backed out at the last moment and added that he was looking to call a meeting tomorrow.

However, Congress has already asserted that it would not attend such a meeting until the government comes with a tangible proposal.

The Opposition is demanding the resignations of Swaraj and Raje for interceding with UK authorities to help former cricket administrator Lalit Modi, who is being investigated in India for financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League when he was heading it. They also want Chouhan’s ouster over a scam related to student admissions in professional colleges and government job recruitments.