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Karnataka tops Cong plenary agenda

The plenary session, which began today, is likely to take a decision on the induction of Rahul Gandhi in the CWC.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 20:49 IST
United News of India
United News of India

The Congress Working Committee meeting commenced on Saturday afternoon to finalise the draft resolutions on politics, economic, agriculture and foreign policy. This marked the formal beginning of the three-day 82nd plenary session of the party.

The meeting is presided over by party president Sonia Gandhi and is being attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior ministers and party leaders.

The meeting is taking place in the backdrop of political developments in Karnataka, where the Dharam Singh-led Congress coalition government is facing a serious threat to its survival.

The CWC is also expected to explore ways to save its government in Karnataka from the present crisis arising from the withdrawal of support by 47 Janata Dal (S) MLAs led by HD Kumaraswamy, son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

Nehru-Gandhi family GenNext, Rahul Gandhi, is likely to be inducted into the Congress Working Committee and entrusted with an organisational responsibility.

The political resolution, which would be adopted on the final day on January 23 along with the other resolutions, is expected to appreciate the UPA allies and the Left parties for their cooperation in running the coalition and reaffirm the party's commitment to take them on board on all issues.

The resolution on economics would declare the party's determination to go ahead with the reform process with a humane face, taking into account the sentiments of the Left.

The resolution on foreign relations would express the government's commitment to pursue friendly relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan and China, and strengthen trade ties with all countries.

An important component of the political resolution would be a strategy to revive the Congress in the Hindi heartland, particularly Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The party has indicated that the political resolution would also talk about alleged corruption during the NDA regime, including the coffin scam and irregularities in Defence deals.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 10:13 IST