Sonia to open Congress strategy meet Nov 9

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 11:28 hrs

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will open the party's review cum strategy meet on Friday with her remarks on the current political situation, party leaders said Thursday.

The informal meet, billed as "Samvad baithak" (dialogue meet) will be held at Surajkund near Delhi.

"The Congress chief's opening remarks about the current political situation will form the basis of the debate," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters here.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the meeting next on the economic challenges facing the country," said Dwivedi.

While Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will initiate the debate on the economic challenges after the prime minister has spoken, any leaders wishing to speak on the political issues will be allowed to do so during the meet itself, said Dwivedi.

The third and last item on the agenda of the meet will be a performance review of the party's 2009 manifesto and a roadmap for the future.

The meeting will end with Sonia Gandhi's remarks.

"All the issues are likely to take up around six hours, and it is going to be a working lunch for us, to have more time for the debate," said Dwivedi.

The meeting will be attended by party leaders, including 19 Congress Working Committee members among whom are general secretaries in charge of states, 16 permanent invitees to CWC, 23 cabinet ministers and 12 ministers of state with independent charge.

Coming after the Oct 28 reshuffle of the Manmohan Singh cabinet, the meet is being described in Congress circles as a "review cum strategy" session.

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