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PC meets Jaitley, Sushma on session-eve

New Delhi, Aug. 7: Finance minister P. Chidambaram today called on Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, the BJP’s leaders in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, in a bid to ensure smooth sailing for himself in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Chidambaram, who is expected to bring in some finance bills in the session that begins tomorrow, had earlier met L.K. Advani, the acting chairperson of the NDA.

Chidambaram met Jaitley at his Parliament office and later called on Sushma at her residence. “They were essentially courtesy calls,” a BJP source said.

The BJP’s complaint during the previous sittings of Parliament was that the UPA’s managers did “not care” to reach out to its leaders on important legislation.

Chidambaram’s visits, a source said, might “go some way” in assuaging the BJP’s “sense of hurt”.

In the last session, the BJP had targeted Chidambaram, accusing him of complicity in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The BJP also accused him of complicity in the 2G scam, claiming that as finance minister in UPA I, Chidambaram was kept in the loop by erstwhile telecom minister A. Raja during allotments.

The sub-text for the BJP’s attacks on Chidambaram, that were focused when he was moved into the home ministry from finance, was the investigations into the terror attacks whose trail appeared to lead to the doors of RSS swayamsevaks and associates.