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Idli-vada diplomacy to end Parl deadlock

Idli-vada diplomacy to end Parl deadlock
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A week into the Winter Session of Parliament and with disruptions in the Rajya Sabha every day, the NDA government has finally found a way to get the...

New Delhi: A week into the Winter Session of Parliament and with disruptions in the Rajya Sabha every day, the NDA government has finally found a way to get the House to function from Wednesday.

A compromise has been reached between the Treasury Bench and the Congress at a Upma-Idli-Vada breakfast meeting called by Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday.

Union Minister Vijay Goel had an hour-long meeting with former PM Manmohan Singh and between Arun Jaitley and Ghulam Nabi Azad and a draft statement has since been approved by these leaders.

The statement will be read out on Wednesday morning once the House reassembles after the Christmas holidays. The Prime Minister will be present in the Rajya Sabha, but he will not apologise for his comments on Singh.

As a halfway measure, the Congress has however agreed to accept a statement which will contain an euology to Manmohan Singh for his personal integrity, which the House will endorse.

Venkaiah Naidu had paved the way for this compromise by calling the BJP and Congress for an Andhra state Idli-Vada breakfast meeting. The Winter Session of the Rajya Sabha began on a stormy note on December 15 with the Opposition demanding an apology from the Prime Minister over his 'conspiracy with Pakistan' remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, creating uproar and repeatedly disrupting proceedings.

An angry Opposition led by the Congress accused Modi of levelling 'serious charges' against Singh, former Vice President Hamid Ansari and diplomats.

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