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Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress was the first to announce that it would bring a motion against FDI in retail in the winter session of Parliament, but the Left got its notice in first. Now, Trinamool too has served a notice, raising the question whether it would act in concert with the Left. Determined not to let the Left steal the show, Mamata has summoned her party MPs to Kolkata over the weekend to chalk out a strategy on how to emerge as the spearhead of an anti-Congress combine on FDI in retail and deny Left the honours. Incidentally, parliamentary leaders of Left parties also held their first meeting on the same issue.
More than who all figured in the Election Coordination Committee and three sub-groups constituted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, it's the omissions that have become the talking point in the ruling party. Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who has the distinction of having been party in-charge of every single state and Union Territory, did not figure in the committee or the sub-groups. Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, a confidant of the Congress president, also did not find any place. Many Congress leaders were also surprised to notice the absence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath from the Pre-Poll Alliance sub-group.
You would imagine that a meeting of the IGs of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) would have a lot to discuss on operational, intelligence and training matters. But a glance at the proceedings showed that a strong plea was made from senior officials to let private vehicles of CRPF officials be exempt from paying toll on any highway across the country. The matter was considered to be a serious enough to result in a decision that CRPF DG Pranay Sahay will take up the issue with officials concerned.