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Monsoon session: Congress leaders meet to chalk out strategy on crucial issues, GST bill

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New Delhi: Ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament starting Monday, top Congress leaders on Saturday met party chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi to chalk out its strategy on crucial issues, including the GST bill.

The meeting held at the residence of Sonia Gandhi was attended among others by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party’s deputy leader in upper house Anand Sharma and chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and chief whip in Rajya Sabha Satyavrat Chaturvedi are also likely to be present at the meeting.

The Government had yesterday reached out to Congress to seek its support for the passage of GST bill which is pending for a long time and sought the principal opposition party’s support on the issue.

Sources said Congress is seeking to corner the government and the BJP in both houses on the Arunachal issue in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement reinstating the Congress government as on December 15, 2015.

The top party leaders are learnt to have discussed the party’s stand on various issues.

The Monsoon session starts on Monday and the government has convened an all-party meeting on Sunday to seek the support of opposition parties in passage of pending legislations.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also convened an all-party meeting on Sunday evening for support of all parties for smooth functioning of Parliament.

—PTI

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