Congress softening stance in coalgate heat?

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Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, Sept 1: In what can be seen as a definite mellowing down of its stiff stand, sources have claimed that the Congress was ready to relook into some of the coal blocks allotments. Reports have also claimed that they are ready to offer a judicial probe into the irregularities in the allotment. The matter was sorted out after a Congress Core group meeting, chaired by Cong president Sonia Gandhi with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They also discussed on how best to tackle the issue that has stalled Parliament.

The Congress has, however, softened its stand on the harsh CAG report on the coal blocks allocation. In order to garner outside support, Sonia is expected to meet and interact with members of the ruling alliance and others to strengthen their position in spite of the weak defences they have on the case.

The BJP has, meanwhile, stuck to its demand for the PM's resignation over his role in the coal scam and the cancelling of the coal blocks awarded. The government has dismissed all the allegations and ruled out resignation of the PM as well as the cancellation of the coal blocks.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav along with non-UPA and non-NDA members sat on a dharna outside Parliament demanding an end to the Parliament impasse. Joining forces with the Left parties and the TDP is seen as Mulayam's move to revive the Third Front, a move that has tensed up the UPA.

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