Congress' 'dialogue meeting' at Surajkund tomorrow

Manmohan Singh

Amid concerns within the party over "limitations" in a coalition government, top Congress leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi will discuss threadbare future strategies during a day-long session tomorrow.

A review of the functioning of the government is expected to be made at the dialogue session at nearby Surajkund in Haryana, the first exercise of its kind in the UPA-II at a time when the party and the government are facing tough challenges and are grappling with a series of scams.

This is clear from the fact that it will be the maiden occasion when the party will take stock of the extent of implementation of the promises made in its manifesto for 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Ahead of the meeting, party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi spoke of limitations in a coalition in implementing any single party's full agenda.

"There are some limitations in a coalition government. But being the largest party in the alliance and leading the government, Congress considers it a responsibility to evaluate as to what extent the promises made by the party in its manifesto have been fulfilled," Dwivedi said.

Rahul Gandhi, who is set to assume a "larger role" in the organisation sooner than later and the top central ministers and Congress Working Committee members will be participating in the deliberations on the political and the economic situation.

Sonia Gandhi's opening remarks at the meeting will set the tone for the discussion on current political situation in the meeting after which the Prime Minister will brief the leaders on the economic challenges and the measures initiated by the government.

The issue of alliances could figure at the "dialogue meeting" at Surajkund being held for the first time since the exit of Trinamool Congress from UPA-II and growing speculation of early Lok Sabha elections.

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