In a meeting of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told allies that the government should not be on the back foot against the Opposition.

He also called on the allies to appear united, and promised to look into the concerns of allies opposing the land acquisition bill. "The Prime Minister said the government should not be on the back foot in the Parliament," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters after the meeting.

"If the Opposition is aggressive, we will also be in combat mode," he said. The Opposition parties are prepared to launch an attack on the government over issues ranging from Lalit Modi controversy to the Vyapam scam, with the Congress insisting on the resignation of 'scam-tainted' ministers.

The government has, meanwhile, decided not to bow to the Opposition demand, and is also prepared to raise the Goa bribery case allegedly involving some Congress leaders and New Jersey-based consultancy firm Louis Berger to secure a contract for a water developmental scheme.

The Opposition parties also appear to be in no mood to compromise vis-a-vis the controversial land bill, on which Modi yesterday called for national consensus.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, said leaders of various political parties assured her of cooperation in the house's smooth functioning. Indications of the looming showdown in parliament emerged on Monday after an all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu when the government ruled out any resignation.

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