UPA partners to meet pre-poll allies Wednesday: Congress

May 18th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) After its resounding electoral win, “pre-poll” partners of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are to meet Wednesday to discuss the future course of action, the Congress said Monday. However, nothing was said on whether the RJD and Samajwadi Party would be attending.
“On May 20, there will be a meeting of UPA where all our pre-poll alliance partners are invited. That day we will sit together and discuss our future steps,” Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters here.

The meeting will take place at 10, Janpath, which is UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s residence.

Dwivedi refused to comment on whether Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav would be attending.

The RJD and Lok Janshakti Party, which had been part of the UPA, had de-linked from the alliance for the elections. The two parties, along with the SP - another ally, had formed a separate grouping for the polls, the Fourth Front.

Since they were not the UPA’s pre-poll allies they are not expected to attend the meeting.

The Congress’s Parliamentary Board will meet Tuesday morning during which the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party will be chosen.

The UPA, which has bagged 263 Lok Sabha seats, is poised to form the government again.

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