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BJP willing to end impasse in Parliament over price rise

Prospects of an end to the impasse in Parliament over the price rise issue appeared bright on Sunday.



New Delhi: Prospects of an end to the
impasse in Parliament over the price rise issue appeared
bright Sunday with BJP saying, if invited, it would attend the
breakfast meeting proposed by Leader of the House in Lok Sabha
Pranab Mukherjee to diffuse the logjam.

"We have already given a notice under Rule 184 in Lok
Sabha and Rule 168 in Rajya Sabha, which entail voting, for
Monday. But, if invited, we will attend the breakfast meeting
proposed by Leader of the House in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee
to take a decision on ending the impasse," Deputy Leader of
BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia said.

He was talking to reporters after a meeting of NDA
leaders held at senior leader L K Advani`s residence. Among
others, it was attended by Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj, Ahluwalia and NDA convenor and JD(U) president
Sharad Yadav.

Though Mukherjee discussed the issue with Opposition
leaders, sources said no formal invitation for the proposed
breakfast meeting was sent. Neither were the Opposition
leaders aware of the time and venue of the meeting.

Ahluwalia, however, clarified that BJP had not yet
taken a "final decision" on its future course of action in
both Houses of Parliament on the price rise issue.

"In today`s meeting, Leader of Opposition in Rajya
Sabha Arun Jaitley was not present so no final decision was
taken. We will also talk to him tomorrow morning before taking
a decision," Ahluwalia said.

Asked if BJP was open to the reported proposal from
Mukherjee that a resolution "critical of the government" be
passed in Parliament against the UPA regime on price rise
after a discussion and the Opposition give up its demand for
voting, Ahluwalia said all would depend on the offer that
Mukherjee makes to the Opposition.

"It would all depend on how they (government) go about
their proposal and how discussions with other Opposition
parties take place," Ahluwalia said.

NDA sources maintained that they also want an end to
the logjam and are agreeable to a solution which was
acceptable to both the government and the Opposition parties.

Meanwhile, sources said Yadav had a 15-minute
conversation with Mukherjee on the issue. A copy of the
proposed resolution has been given to JD(U) and BJP leaders,
the sources confirmed.

JD(U) has already given a notice under Rule 193, which
entails only a discussion and no voting, in Lok Sabha on the
price rise issue, sources said, indicating that the Opposition
is agreeable to a climbdown to end the impasse.

PTI

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