Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress president Sonia Gandhi were also present during the meeting, sources said.

Sonia Gandhi is hopeful that the bill will be passed in this session. The Samajwadi Party has been disrupting proceedings in the Rajya Sabha, where the bill has been tabled for passing.

The Winter Session of Parliament, which began on December 5, is scheduled to close on December 22.


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