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The government may call a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) on Friday to discuss ways of getting GST-related bills passed in Parliament. The unending logjam in Parliament over demonetisation has put several important legislations including GST-related bills on hold. Today is the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament and both opposition and government do not seem to have found a way beyond mutual blame game. With the imminent total washout of the Winter Session in sight, the government is now mulling to call a special short session of Parliament to discuss Central GST and Integrated GST Bills, according to a report in The Indian Express.

The report said the government may call a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) on Friday to discuss ways of getting these important bills passed in Parliament. However, the government has decided against extending the ongoing session. During the CCPA meet to be chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh may also consider calling an early budget session of Parliament as the government plans to advance budget presentation to February 1 and complete the allocation by March 31.

Modi-Rahul meet

Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders including party vice-president Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and gave him a memorandum for waiving off farmers’ loans. Talking about demonetisation, the Prime Minister reportedly told the Congress delegation that the Wanchoo committee had given the recommendation of demonetisation to them PM Indira Gandhi but she had snubbed the report. PM Modi said that Indira Gandhi had asked minister YB Chavan if he wanted to contest the elections.

According to reports, PM Modi was of the opinion that demonetisation was a Congress plan, which they did not implement.

Later, in a meeting of BJP Parliamentary party, PM Modi lashed out at the opposition parties over their stand demonetisation.

With Winter Session of Parliament staring at a virtual washout due to the impasse over demonetisation, BJP Parliamentary Party met on Friday morning to chalk out a strategy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the meeting. According to TV reports, PM Modi may also raise AgustaWestland issue to hit back at Congress, if he speaks in Parliament.

Upping the ante further over cash ban, Rahul Gandhi had sensationally claimed on Thursday that he had information about ‘personal corruption’ involving PM Narendra Modi. A few days ago Gandhi had claimed there would be an ‘earthquake’ if he is allowed to speak on demonetisation in the Lok Sabha.

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