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Prime Minister dines with allies; Opposition tomorrow

Posted on Nov 17, 10:47AM | IBNS

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hosted a dinner for allies as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) sought to sketch out a strategy to face the strong opposition onslaught it expects to face in the soon-to-begin winter session of the Parliament.

On Saturday, the PM is expected to dine with leaders from the Opposition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) including party patriarch L K Advani and the leaders of the opposition in the two houses - Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

Led by the BJP, the opposition is expected to renew its attack on the Congress-led UPA coalition government at the Centre over recent economic reforms, including the decision to relax foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in India's retail sector.

At Saturday's dinner, the Prime Minister is likely to request that a repeat of the last Parliament session, when House proceedings had were stalled almost everyday over unrelenting Opposition filibustering, be avoided.

Ahead of the meeting with allies, top leaders of the Congress including party president Sonia Gandhi and senior ministers such as A K Antony and P Chidambaram met Prime Minister Singh.