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Nagendar Sharma , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 13, 2013
The government and the BJP are headed for a showdown on whether the allegations of improper land deals against Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, can be raised in Parliament.

Though the government managed to breathe easy in both the Houses on Monday, the Vadra land deal issue figured in the meeting of leaders of various political parties called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said since the entire issue was regarding land deals in Haryana and pertained to the state government and private individuals, none of whom can defend themselves, it would not be appropriate to discuss it in the Parliament.

Leaders of other parties, led by the leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, seemed unconvinced.

Swaraj is said to have told Nath it was a serious matter, which included allegations of banking fraud and that the finance ministry should make a statement in the Parliament.

Opposition leaders also rejected the government's assertion that Vadra was a private individual, citing the exemption granted to him from going through security checks at airports.