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Sonia meets LS Speaker

NEW DELHI NOV. 7. The Lok Sabha Speaker, Manohar Joshi, today had a meeting with the Congress president and Leader of the Opposition in the House, Sonia Gandhi, ahead of the coming winter session of Parliament.

Mr. Joshi is understood to have sought her cooperation in conducting the proceedings of the House in a smooth fashion.

The Speaker had expressed concern over the frequent disruption of the House proceedings during the last session and today's meeting is understood to be a step in the direction to ensure that maximum business could be transacted in the five-week session beginning on November 18.

Ms. Gandhi, who attended the meeting along with the Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Shivraj Patil, is understood to have promised cooperation in this regard.

Mr. Joshi may meet leaders of other political parties too before the session gets under way.

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