Jun 04, 2012, 12.25 PM IST | Source: IBNLive.com

CWC to meet amid economic, political crisis today

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision making body, will meet on Monday after a gap of one year in the middle of a worsening economic slowdown and grave corruption charges.

CWC to meet amid economic, political crisis today

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision making body, will meet on Monday after a gap of one year in the middle of a worsening economic slowdown and grave corruption charges.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi is expected to discuss the Antony Committee report on the recent poll debacle and also outline the road ahead for 2014 Assembly Election.

The Committee is also likely to decide the party's strategy on how to deal with Team Anna's renewed attacks on corruption, especially against the Prime Minister.

On the economic front, the Working Committee will look into the fallout of slow reforms, petrol price hike and dismal fiscal performance with the rupee and GDP falling.

Ally troubles will also be discussed on how to deal with them and prepare for the upcoming Presidential polls and state elections.

The party is already on a sticky wicket in Andhra Pradesh and in Karnataka, where it is facing a sudden crisis following the resignation of the Leader of the Opposition Sidharamaiah.

Amid speculation of the possibility of a churning within the party after the recent Assembly election, the CWC may also take a call on the recommendations of the high-level committee chaired by Defence Minster AK Antony, which has submitted its report to Sonia.

While no fixed agenda has been set for the CWC meeting, which will be an extended affair as PCC presidents and CLP leaders including party chief ministers invited for the deliberations, sources said that political and economic issues will dominate the meeting.

A redeeming feature for the party is that a split is wide open in the BJP with party veteran LK Advani making a veiled attack on party chief Nitin Gadkari, who is set to get a second term.

The BJP's national executive in Mumbai in which the opposition party has given indications of its keenness to broaden the ambit of the NDA and has virtually extended an invitation to UPA ally Trinamool Congress to come back to the NDA fold.

The first two meetings of the CWC in March and May were only condolence meetings to pay homage to the veteran Congressman and former Union minister and governor Arjun Singh in March and in May to condole the untimely demise of the then Arunachal chief minister Dorje Khandu in an air crash.

This will be the first meeting of the CWC after the party's debacle in Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa, which could lead to a churning in the party.

The CWC meeting will be taking place just few days after the Opposition's Bharat bandh on the issue of petrol price hike, which has evoked strong criticism even from UPA allies DMK and Mamata Banerjee's party.

With additional information from PTI

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