New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met President Pratibha Patil and discussed the Parliament logjam on Monday, the fifth day in a row when both houses were adjourned since the winter session began. The meeting lasted 40 minutes, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique here.

“The two leaders discussed the ongoing session of Parliament,” the statement said.

The winter session of Parliament that began on November 22 is witnessing stormy scenes with the entire opposition targeting the Congress-led government on various issues, including rising cost of essential products.

Manmohan Singh also updated the President on his recent visits for the G-20 summit in France, the SAARC summit in the Maldives, and the India-ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Bali and also his bilateral visit to Singapore.

“They also discussed various other issues of national and international importance,” the statement said.

All-party meeting on Tuesday to end Parliament logjam

An all-party meeting will be called on Tuesday to chalk out a strategy to pave way for the smooth functioning of Parliament, according to highly placed government sources. The move comes as five days of Parliament's winter session have been lost without transacting any major business.

While the two houses were adjourned on Monday on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail, last week ended without transacting any business due to unending protests over inflation, corruption and demand for a separate Telangana, along with the FDI issue.

(Agencies)