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PM meets BJP leaders, bid to end parliamentary standoff fails

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 00:11

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s efforts to reach out to BJP to end the parliamentary stand-off over the missing coal files issue failed on Tuesday night with BJP not giving him any assurance on the smooth running of the House tomorrow.

Singh held a meeting with BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley late this evening and requested them to cooperate in the passage of important financial legislations in Parliament but the opposition was unmoved and said it will take a call on the issue after a meeting of its senior MPs tomorrow morning.

Asking the opposition to forget the past, the Prime Minister sought BJP`s support in passing of important financial legislations including the Pensions Bill and Securities and Exchange Board of India (Amendment) Bill, sources said.

During the nearly 90-minute meeting at the Prime Minister`s residence, BJP maintained it is not responsible for the disruptions in Parliament and accused Congress MPs of causing disruptions.

The Prime Minister called the BJP leaders to his residence to sort out issues that came up after his statement in Parliament earlier in the day on the missing coal blocks allocation files failed to break the deadlock.

The BJP leaders told the Prime Minister that "tempers are running high" in BJP over the manner in which Singh walked out of both Houses "in a huff" after his statement on the issue without answering any of the clarifications sought by the opposition.

The main opposition also reiterated that it has been cooperating with the government and helping in passage of important bills by sitting till late but has not been allowed to raise its issues.

BJP will hold a meeting of its senior MPs tomorrow morning to decide on whether to support the government in passing key pending legislations or force adjournments.

Party sources said BJP may support passage of the Land Acquisition Bill which is slated to come up in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.


First Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 20:58
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