Sonia holds strategy meet with Congress leaders

New Delhi: With politics hotting up over the draft of the 2G Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report before the second half of parliament's budget session starting 22 April, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday reviewed the party's strategy with leaders, said party sources.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

According to Congress sources, Gandhi reviewed the political situation with senior leaders. They included Home Minister and leader of the Lok Sabha Sushilkumar Shinde, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Defence Minister AK Antony and Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel.

Political waters were further muddied on Friday after former telecom minister A Raja claimed everything was done in "consultation" with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a day after the draft report of the JPC on 2G spectrum blamed him but cleared Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram of any wrongdoing.

The government also faced flak recently over the alleged toning down by Law Minister Ashwani Kumar of a Central Bureau of Investigation CBI) report on the faulty allocation of coal blocks.

The opposition is likely to disrupt parliament over both the issues.

The Congress leadership is also keen to ensure a smooth passage of the finance bill, besides key legislations like the food security bill, land acquisition bill and the Lokpal bill, said party sources.


Updated Date: Apr 19, 2013 19:04 PM

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