Congress to hold unity show in Madhya Pradesh

August 17th, 2008 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS  

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Bhopal, Aug 17 (IANS) Keen to dislodge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress, seen as faction ridden, has decided to bring all state leaders on one platform in a show of unity Aug 22. “Senior party leaders, including Kamal Nath, Digvijay Singh, Ajay Singh, Shrinivas Tiwari, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Suresh Pachauri, Kantilal Bhuria and others, have already given their consent to attend the meet at Chhindwara on Aug 22,” state Congress general secretary Rajiv Singh told IANS.

“Central Minister Arjun Singh will not be able to attend the meet due to health reasons, but his son and MLA Ajay Singh will be present,” he said.

The meet reminds many of the Dabra convention.

“The Dabra convention, organised in 1993 at the behest of the late Madhavrao Scindia, is considered a milestone in the recent history of the Congress in the state as it led to the public reposing faith in the party during the 1993 and 1998 assembly polls as it conveyed a message of unity among state leaders,” recalled a state Congress leader.

“The need of a similar convention was being felt to bring all the warring factions in the state Congress together if the BJP is to be thrown out of power,” he said.

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