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Dinner diplomacy: The flavour of the season

July 18, 2008 23:07 IST

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Dinner diplomacy seems to be the flavour of the season with the July 22 trust vote turning into a tighter race.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi [Images] would be hosting a dinner for party MPs as also those of the United Progressive Alliance constituents on Saturdaym and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] will be doing the same the day after.

Main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party will host a dinner party at the leader of the opposition Lal Kishenchand Advani's residence for all the constituents of the National Democratic Alliance. Independent MPs who have pledged their support to it are also slated to join in.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist, the party leading the Left flock, has called its central committee on Saturday for two days to decide future strategies.

NDA ally Janata Dal-United has also timed its national executive for Saturday and Sunday amid talks of party leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar trying to bring in more lawmakers to the NDA side from other parties in the state.

Several smaller parties have also organised get-togethers of their MPs to ensure keeping their flock together amid growing indications that the confidence motion could see walking on the razor's edge.

Former Andra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu [Images] has also convened an informal meet of his party MPs on Sunday night.

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