Pranab, Gadkari meet on eve of Parl session

In a one-hour meeting held yesterday at the Finance Minister's residence, Mukherjee and Gadkari discussed the main issues on which the government and the opposition do not see eye-to-eye.

BJP sources said Gadkari told Mukherjee that BJP is not opposing the government merely for the sake of opposing. The opposition would stand with the government on issues of "national interest", Gadkari told Mukherjee.

However, the main opposition party refrained from giving any assurance that it would not bring adjournment motions in Parlaiment.

BJP-led NDA has already declared that it would boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament in this session as no action has been taken against him despite there being "enough evidence" of his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum issue.

The government's main concern is that there are 31 Bills which it wants to get passed in the winter session. While this appears to be a herculean task, things would get even more difficult if the opposition disrupts the proceedings.

The main issues on which there are differences between the Treasury and the opposition benches are price rise, corruption, black money, Centre-state relations, Telangana, Manipur economic blockade, Jammu and Kashmir and Indo-Pak relations in the wake of developments at the recent SAARC summit.

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