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Opposition in combat mode,Cong meets to devise strategy for Parliament

As the opposition braces up to put the Centre on the mat in Parliament over disclosures about Law Minister Ashwani Kumar vetting CBI’s report on coal block allocations,the Congress top brass on Friday met to discuss the party’s strategy.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2013 2:08:38 am

As the opposition braces up to put the Centre on the mat in Parliament over disclosures about Law Minister Ashwani Kumar vetting CBI’s report on coal block allocations,the Congress top brass on Friday met to discuss the party’s strategy.

The BJP is planning to stall Parliament,which reassembles Monday after recess,demanding Kumar’s resignation and an SIT to probe government’s interference in the coal scam report. The Congress has already ruled out the possibility of Kumar’s resignation,maintaining that the CBI works independently and there was no pressure of any kind on the agency.

At the meeting,presided over by Sonia Gandhi,Congress strategists deliberated on the government’s strategy in the two Houses.

Kamal Nath has been holding consultations with opposition leaders to persuade them not to disrupt proceedings,but they are said to be unrelenting. The opposition is also preparing to take up the issue of draft report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G spectrum allocation.

“Let’s see. We will talk to them,” Kamal Nath told The Indian Express when asked how the government plans to ensure smooth transaction of Legislative business in the face of an unrelenting opposition.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister had proved to be a stalemate-breaker vis-a-vis opposition parties on many occasions in the last two sessions and even got them on board on many crucial legislations,but he might find it more difficult this time given the political sweepstakes in the May 5 Assembly elections in Karnataka.

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