CWC to take stock of present scenario, chalk out strategy
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With Mamata Banerjee walking out of UPA and the government facing Opposition heat on economic reforms, Congress top brass will meet tomorrow to take stock of the "present situation" and chalk out the strategy ahead.
A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi is expected to discuss tomorrow morning the evolving political situation in the wake of Trinamool Congress severing ties with UPA and the government's determination to push ahead with reforms.
The meeting also comes at a time when there is a clear realisation in Congress that the vexed issue of Telangana cannot be kept hanging for long. Indications have been given that a decision on the issue will be taken shortly.
A couple of days ago, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan had a meeting with Gandhi, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, fueling speculation that a decision may be on the cards. TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao is camping in the national capital for a meeting with Gandhi.
The CWC meeting takes place in the backdrop of clear indications that Rahul Gandhi is going to assume a "larger role" in party affairs very soon.
The occassion could be utilised by the party to rally behind the Prime Minister, who is being targeted by Opposition parties on a host of issues including FDI in multi-brand retail.
The timing of the meeting is crucial as it comes close on the heels of the Opposition parties holding a nationwide bandh to oppose the government's decision on allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, hiking prices of diesel and putting a cap on supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to households.
The meeting is also significant as it is being held ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in three states including Narendra Modi-run Gujarat.
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