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Nov 16, 2012 at 09:34pm IST

PM hosts dinner for allies, invites Opposition on Saturday

New Delhi: In a big political event in the national capital, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is hosting a dinner for the allies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). The move is an effort by the Prime Minister to ensure support for the government's foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail move in the Winter Session of Parliament.

The Prime Minister is holding dinner diplomacy to ensure a smooth session as he is entertaining the UPA allies at dinner on Friday while he has also invited top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) brass for dinner on Saturday night.

Singh has already hosted key allies, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati last weekend.

Now the effort is to garner support from other allies for crucial bills like FDI in retail. And for the dinner of Saturday, the Prime Minister has also invited Opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and LK Advani for dinner.