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PM, Sonia speak but keep shut on Chavan, scam

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2010 13:32 IST

Senior Congress leaders spoke on Kashmir, the Ayodhya dispute verdict and the economy at an important meeting of the party but they all kept silent the one issue which is troubling them: the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai.

Party president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee spoke at the meeting of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), which will on Tuesday elect and nominate general secretaries for the Congress Working Committee, the party's highest decision-making body.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who is at the centre of the controversy created by the scam, attended the AICC meeting and it is likely that he will keep his job until US president Barack Obama's visit to Mumbai is over. Chavan has offered his resignation to the Congress president but it is likely that the party won't take any decision on him before Diwali on Friday.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister AK Antony, who are investigating the scam for the party, are likely to submit their report on Thursday.

Referring to the Maoist movement in the country, Gandhi said at the meeting that the nature of "development is the question". "People should have a say," she said, giving her views on the Maoist threat in the country.

Gandhi called for "greater sensitivity to the daily needs of tribals and other communities".

Prime Minister Singh said the Congress works for the weakest sections of society and emphasised on inclusive growth.

The AICC meeting comes ahead of Parliament's winter session starting November 9 when the opposition would put the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government on the mat over the housing scam involving Chavan, the Games controversy implicating Suresh Kalmadi and the 2G spectrum issue involving A Raja of the DMK.