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PM meets cabinet, with Maran present

delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2011 13:37 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday met his cabinet at his residence here, and an official said yoga guru Baba Ramdev's threatened hunger strike against corruption might be discussed.

Senior ministers, including Dayanidhi Maran, who has come under the 2G spectrum scam cloud, were present at the 7 Race Course Road residence, the official said.

This is the first time Maran is attending a cabinet meeting after he was accused of having received kickbacks for issuing a 2G licence to a private operator when he was the communication minister 2004-07.

Maran has denied the allegations amid demands for his resignation.

The cabinet meeting comes a day after Ramdev ignored appeals from the government to abandon his fast. Informed sources said the ministers would discuss how to break the deadlock with the yoga guru.

Manmohan Singh Wednesday night met senior cabinet ministers to discuss the Ramdev issue.

The cabinet is also likely to consider a 5-15 percent increase in minimum support price for crops planted in the coming kharif season. This includes paddy, groundnut, cotton and some coarse cereals.

This would compensate farmers for the sharp rise in costs of inputs and prices in general.