GN Bureau | July 31, 2015
Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge says it is the government's responsibility to run the House. Meanwhile, after Thursday's unsuccessful attempt to break the parliament impasse by speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the government has convened an all-party meeting this afternoon (Friday) to make an attempt to end the stalemate. The meeting has been convened by union parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu."The honourable Home Minister said that they will try to call a meeting and we try to resolve the issue that is the two-sentence response that he has given. Now, it is left to the government, the ball is in their court," Kharge told the media yesterday.
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