Congress Working Committee to meet Saturday

May 29th, 2008 - 11:58 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Congress Working committee (CWC), the apex decision making forum of the ruling party, will meet Saturday to take stock of the current political situation, including the Karnataka assembly election results. This will be the first Wprking Committee meeting after the Congress faced a humiliating defeat in one of its bastions, Karnataka. The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 110 seats in the 225-member assembly, has been invited to form the government in the state. The Congress won only 80 seats.

“The CWC will discuss a range of issues, including the Karnataka results. The party will take stock of the current political scenario and may also initiate discussion on its strategy ahead of the upcoming general elections,” a Congress leader said.

The ruling party is also facing a crisis as a section of leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is keen to sign the contentious Indo-US civil nuclear agreement while others fear it will be a political suicide, given the strong opposition from the Left allies.

The Left parties, which extend crucial support to the government, have asserted that New Delhi should not go ahead and operationalise the deal.

The CWC may also discuss the imminent fuel price hike in the wake of a steep rise in the global prices of crude oil.

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