Congress holds deliberations on Budget Session

With the Budget Session of Parliament less than a week away, Congress top brass including party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held deliberations Monday to chalk out a strategy.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 14:49 PM IST

New Delhi: With the Budget Session of
Parliament less than a week away, Congress top brass including party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held deliberations Monday to chalk out a strategy.

This was the first interaction among the senior leaders
after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the
Leader of Lok Sabha, convened an all-party meeting last week
to break the logjam in Parliament on the opposition demand for
a JPC into the 2G spectrum issue.

Mukherjee had assured the opposition leaders that he
would get back to them after consulting the Prime Minister.
The entire Winter Session of Parliament was washed out
following the deadlock.
The meeting assumes significance as the government also
has to decide on the bills to be brought in the upcoming
session as also give finishing touches to the budget 2011-12
which will be presented by Mukherjee on February 28.

Mukherjee will be meeting party leaders at the AICC
headquarters tomorrow to seek suggestions from them on the
Budget.
Experts say inflation, current account deficit,
pressure for lowering down the import duty, providing level
playing field to the domestic industries and increasing the
government revenue are some of the problems being faced by the
government ahead of the budgetary exercise.

PTI