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May 07, 2013 at 06:38pm IST

Govt, Oppn holding backchannel talks to end Parliament logjam: Sources

New Delhi: With no headway in Parliament, sources now say that the government is holding backchannel talks with the Opposition to get the crucial food and land bills passed.

CNN-IBN learnt from sources that the Congress and the BJP leaders met in Parliament, with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj even seen hugging each other.

Sources added that the BJP had deputed Ananth Kumar to initiate backchannel talks to end the deadlock. Sources said that he had already spoken to NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who would now brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Sources indicated that the government would call an all-party meeting if the BJP agreed to attend. Sources added that Sonia had told her party it should aggressively push for the Food Bill and the message should go out to the public that it wants the bill.