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Sonia to meet PM Sunday over Tharoor
Published on 18 Apr. 2010 12:32 AM IST
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday to discuss the developments in the wake of the IPL controversy surrounding Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor.
Congress sources said that Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee are also expected to meet the prime minister to discuss the issue.
The sources said the government would decide its course of action following demands by the opposition for Tharoor’s resignation.
The opposition had stalled proceedings in parliament Friday demanding Tharoor’s resignation and declared their intention to raise the issue again Monday. They have also demanded a statement from the prime minister.
Congress party sources said the government would not like a situation of continuous disruption of parliament as important legislative business, including the finance bill, is pending.
Party leaders also said that they do not want the opposition to take a moral high ground on the issue.
They said that if a united opposition forces Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to defend Tharoor in parliament on the Indian Premier League (IPL) row, it would be a further embarrassment for the party and the government.
The Congress has avoided a comment on the merits of Tharoor’s defence made in parliament Friday.

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