CWC meeting begins to fine-tune Congress poll strategy

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) A crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting began here this morning to discuss the political situation and finalise the party's strategy for the upcoming elections to state Assemblies in six states and the Lok Sabha.

Since the coming elections are high on the CWC agenda, the meeting is also being attended by Pradesh Congress presidents and Congress Legislature Party leaders from states, besides the CWC members. The meeting is expected to last till evening.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the youngest CWC member Rahul Gandhi are attending the meeting which began at 1100 hrs in the Parliament Annexe.

Though the focus of the meet is the forthcoming elections, it would also discuss the Indo-US civil nuclear treaty, inflation and communal violence in Orissa.

The meeting is likely to pass a resolution congratulating the Prime Minister on the progress his government has made with regard to the nuclear deal, including the waiver secured from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) last week.

The meeting would work out the broad contours for facing the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram and the Lok Sabha elections, due early next year.

The ongoing talks with the Samajwadi Party to work out a seat sharing formula in Uttar Pradesh would figure in the meeting.

In the context of convening the extended meeting of the CWC, the "Chintan Shivir", proposed to be held in Delhi, will in all probability be shelved.

The Congress had held "Chintan Shivir" at Pachmarhi and Shimla in 1998 and 2003 respectively to fine tune their stand and decide their strategy ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.


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