Govt, BJP reach truce; Parl standoff set to end



Govt, BJP reach truce; Parl standoff set to end New Delhi: The standoff between the government and BJP in the Lok Sabha appears set to end tomorrow when a discussion on an adjournament motion on the issue of black money takes place following an agreement reached between the two sides tonight.

The agreement was reached after the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj had a meeting with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Left parties, pressing for an adjournment motion on the issue of price rise, appeared to be not happy over the development and they could give their own adjournment motion on the issue.

This was because there was a feeling in the Left that BJP has agreed to the language of the motion, which is acceptable to the government.

Sushma also had telephonic talks with Left leaders on the issue.

Government sources said the Lok Sabha will have a discussion on the issue of price rise on Monday. Sources said the government finally reached out to BJP after the stalemate in Parliament continued for the second day today with the opposition remaining adamant on seeking adjournment motions on price rise and blackmoney.

As Left parties and BJP pressed for adjournment motions, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha could not transact any business amid uproarious scenes.

The Left leaders also insisted on an adjournment motion despite a luncheon meeting hosted by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who made it clear to them that the government cannot accept debate through such a motion, sources said.

Such motions are not liked by the government as they amount to "indictment" of the ruling dispensation and therefore they have consequences for it, Mukherjee told the Left leaders, the sources said.

Seeing no immediate ray of hope, there was a feeling among Government managers that the logjam could stretch up to this week and normalcy could return in Parliament only next week.

In the evening, Bansal had a long meeting with Mukherjee in Parliament House after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second consecutive day. The government also tried to reach out to Samajwadi Party with Mukherjee having a separate meeting with Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Finally, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting with senior cabinet colleagues and Congress leaders to discuss a way out.

The meeting was attended by several ministers, including UPA's troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram who is being boycotted by BJP in Parliament over 2G issue with the main opposition party insisting on his resignation.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal as well as Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel also took part in the meeting.

PTI