The Congress Working Committee (CWC), including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, met in Delhi on Friday amid concerns over the rising prices of essential commodities.
The meeting -- also attended by chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, except Maharashtra where party general secretary Rahul Gandhi is visiting -- comes a day ahead of a conference of chief ministers convened by the prime minister to discuss rising prices.
Congress sources said no agenda had been circulated for the meeting of CWC, the highest decision making body of the party. However, it is expected to chart out the party's response to efforts by chief ministers of opposition-ruled states to put the blame for price rise at the door of the central government.
Chief ministers of opposition-ruled Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar apart from Uttar Pradesh have been vocal in blaming the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for failing to check rising prices.
A section of the Congress has sought to target Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar for the spiralling prices. The minister hit back saying the decisions on price policy had been taken by the union cabinet.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left have chalked out plans to target the Congress over price rise in the forthcoming budget session of parliament beginning February 22.