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Sonia Gandhi holds strategy meet with Congress leaders

With politics hotting up over the draft of the 2G Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report before the second half of parliament’s budget session starting on 22 April, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday reviewed the party’s strategy with leaders, said party sources.

According to Congress sources, Gandhi reviewed the political situation with senior leaders. They included home minister and leader of the Lok Sabha Sushil Kumar Shinde, Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, defence minister A K Antony and Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel.

Political waters were further muddied on Friday after former telecom minister A Raja claimed everything was done in ‘consultation’ with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a day after the draft report of the JPC on 2G spectrum blamed him but cleared Singh and P Chidambaram of any wrongdoing.

The government also faced flak recently over the alleged toning down by law minister Ashwani Kumar of a CBI report on the faulty allocation of coal blocks.


Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he wanted to ‘correct the system’ within Congress as problems of grassroots level workers did not reach its top brass and assured partymen that he was available to them at any time.

In a closed-door interaction with delegates as part of organisation building exercise here, the fourth such meet in Punjab, the Congress vice-president told partymen that he wanted to ‘correct the system’ within the party.

To drive home the message that he was a playing captain, Rahul refrained from addressing the delegates from the dais and instead sat among them and moved from table to table to listen to their grievances.

‘Your problems don't reach us...I want the party should be aware of problems of partymen at grassroots level. Congress is like a family,’ he said, adding, ‘We need to respect each other within the party.’

‘I am available to you at any time,’ he told them.
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