Agencies, New Delhi
Following the poor show by the Congress in the Assembly polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi is meeting senior party leaders and Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states to draw a strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states as well as senior leaders like A K Antony, Sushilkumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, Digvijay Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Kapil Sibal and K V Thomas are attending the meeting, where deliberations are expected to be held on the issues of Lokpal and Lokayukta and ways to check the rising inflation.
Being held at 15, Rakabganj Road, also known as Congress War Room, the meeting, which is being attended by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Andhra CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna among others, will discuss the future strategy of the party after the passage of Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill. It will also deliberate on measures to check rising inflation of food items and other essential commodities.
It is notable that a meeting of the top leadership of the party held to discuss possible reasons for the party’s debacle in the recent assembly polls felt that price rise was among the issues that could have led to a poor show by the party in the state assembly polls. A discussion is also likely to be held in the meeting on the ways to create greater public awareness of the policies and programmes of the UPA Government like the Food Security Scheme and the land acquisition Bill.