An extended meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision making body of the party, reviewed the economic and political situation in the country even as the ruling party finds itself under attack over the hike in petrol prices, poor performance in the assembly polls, the Lokpal Bill and other issues.
"The meeting of the CWC was held to review the economic and political situation in the country," party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said.
The extended meeting of the CWC, was held after nearly a year and the first after the assembly elections in five states, was attended by the special invitees, the permanent invitees, the PCC chiefs of various states, the CLP leaders of various states and the chief ministers of Congress ruled states.
The meeting of the CWC, chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, took stock of the party's performance in the assembly polls in Punjab, Goa and Uttar pradesh where the party lost while winning with a narrow margin in Uttarakhand.
The CWC reviewed the report prepared by the AK Antony Committee, appointed by the Congress president to go into reasons for the party's poor show in the assembly polls.
It also reviewed preparations and deliberated on measures required to be adopted by the party in view of assembly polls scheduled in Gujarat and Karnataka next year, party sources said.
On the economic front, the CWC reviewed the situation in the country following the Rs 7.50 hike in price of petrol which evoked protests across the country.