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Govt. decides to brazen it out

PM Narendra Modi, flanked by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, leaves Parliament House after the all-party meet on Monday.— Photo: V. Sudershan

PM Narendra Modi, flanked by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, leaves Parliament House after the all-party meet on Monday.— Photo: V. Sudershan  

Modi makes it clear that there will be no resignations

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in to face an adamant Congress that had said it would not permit Parliament to function unless BJP leaders facing allegations from impropriety to corruption, quit.

He not only reached out to the opposition parties at a meeting called by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in the morning, but also found himself wooing his NDA allies in the evening, on the eve of what promises to be a very tough monsoon session of Parliament. But even though Mr Modi and his colleagues reached out to the opposition, they made it clear that there would be no resignations and that they were in no mood to accede to any ultimatums. If Mr. Modi found little comfort in his meeting with the opposition leaders, he was reassured by his NDA partners that they would stand solidly with the government.

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