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Sonia Gandhi to hold meeting with Congress MPs in Lok Sabha today

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will hold a meeting with party MPs in Lok Sabha on Thursday amid ongoing stalemate in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament with Opposition demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's resignation over Lalitgate controversy and government rejecting it.



New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will hold a meeting with party MPs in Lok Sabha on Thursday amid ongoing stalemate in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament with Opposition demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's resignation over Lalitgate controversy and government rejecting it.

The Monsoon Session of the Parliament witnessed a stormy session yesterday with Swaraj firing a counter-offensive attack on Congress when she accused it of having taken money to help Ottavio Quattrochchi and Warren Anderson flee India even as the government rejected the demand for her resignation. 

Swaraj referred to Rahul's attack on her that she indulged in a criminal act and helped a "fugitive flee" from law in "stealth".

"Sushma does not do anything in stealth. If there was anyone who indulged in stealth it was the Rajiv Gandhi government that helped Union Carbide's chief Warren Anderson to flee from India in the wake of the Bhopal gas disaster.

"It was the Congress government that helped Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrochchi to flee from India. Rahul Gandhi, who she said often shows interest in taking two-month holidays, should sit in isolation and go into the history of Congress governments.

"Come back and ask your mother how much money did Quattrocchi give. Why was Warren Anderson, who was responsible for the deaths of 15,000 people, allowed to go out of the country," she said in her speech that riled the Congress benches.

Later, Rahul Gandhi himself took the floor and hit back at Swaraj saying she helped Lalit Modi because her family (husband and daughter) were the lawyers for him.

(With PTI Inputs)

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