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NCP seeks berth in UPA-Left coordination panel

A resolution to this effect was passed at the NCP National Working Committee meeting held in Dehradun.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 23:17 IST

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday urged the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to include it in the UPA-Left Coordination Committee.

A resolution to this effect was passed at the NCP National Working Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of party chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in Dehradun.

As many as 190 of the 195 members of the national working committee attended the meeting. These include 10 members of the Lok Sabha, six of the Rajya Sabha and legislators from different states.

"We resolved in Dehradun on Saturday to appeal to the UPA to include our party as well as other smaller constituents of the alliance in the coordination committee it had formed with the Left parties," party's chief spokesman and national general secretary DP Tripathi told reporters.

He said, "Our party feels that without the participation of smaller parties, the UPA-Left coordination committee remains dominated by the Congress alone. There is need to make it more broad-based and democratic and that would not be possible without involving the non-Congress smaller parties, including NCP."

Tripathi added, "The other key issue raised at the working committee was the need for more frequent UPA meetings.

"Our members have expressed concern over the erratic manner in which UPA meetings are held. What they emphasised was the need for not only holding these meetings at regular intervals but also in a more structured manner."

Tripathi also introduced Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule as a new entrant to the working committee. "Supriya has automatically become a member of the NCP Working Committee by virtue of her induction into the Rajya Sabha."

Addressing a joint press briefing, Sule said, "I would like to take up issues that are close to my heart. These include education, women's issues and welfare of the handicapped."

Earlier in the day, she visited the famous Doon School. "The visit was aimed at enriching myself about the famous educational institution. Perhaps I could replicate a few things back home in an educational institution run by me," Sule said.

The working committee finalised drafts for three resolutions on political, economic and organisational issues to be adopted at the party's third national convention Dehradun on Sunday.

First Published: Sep 16, 2006 23:17 IST