Govt, Oppn meet half way, price rise logjam ends

Posted By: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Aug 2: With the government successfully convincing the Opposition to drop the demand for votes after the discussion on price rise, the week-long deadlock over the issue came to an end on Monday, Aug 2.

The government and the Opposition agreed to meet half way at Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee"s breakfast meeting by agreeing to discuss the issue without a division of votes.

This means that the Chair of both the houses will bring in a resolution whereby the Speaker will express concern over the issue and will be followed by discussion.

However, the government does not want the resolution to use the term 'price rise'.

The breakfast meet was attended by senior Opposition leaders including BJP's Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Left's Gurudas Dasgupta, Basudeb Acharya and A B Bardhan, SP's Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav.

Union ministers P Chidamabaram, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Prithvi Raj Chauhan were present at the meeting to support the Finance Minister in his bid to mollify the Opposition that has managed to unite and stall the first week of the Monsoon session of the Parliament over the issue.

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