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Plenary to deliberate on CMP, disinvestment

Special Correspondent

Congress session to include the crucial issues in AICC resolutions


  • Effort to be made to avoid controversy over disinvestments policy
  • Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi arriving on January 20
  • Cultural programme to depict party's legacy
  • Kesava Rao claims utmost austerity for the event



    PLENARY AMBIENCE: Police were deployed at Gachibowli Stadium, venue of the Congress session, on Tuesday. — Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

    HYDERABAD: The AICC plenary will be holding deliberations on two crucial issues-- Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and disinvestment-- when it takes up its political and economic resolutions.

    According to AICC secretary, K. Jayakkumar, the two issues will need greater attention in view of the problems that the UPA coalition at the Centre has been facing every now and then.

    The Congress-led UPA coalition had to put on hold its disinvestment proposals in the recent times in view of the reservations of the Left parties. The protests by the Left to the proposals to divest from the Navratnas had forced the Centre to give a second thought to it before taking the final decision.

    This issue forms a crucial point in the CMP too and whether or not to go ahead with the move is bound to dominate the proceedings when the resolution on economic policy comes up for discussion. The effort is to come out of the tangle without much controversy, Mr. Jayakkumar told The Hindu on Tuesday.

    Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi will be arriving on January 20, ahead of the meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee next day, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters.

    The Special Protection Group (SPG) has cleared the duplex cottages of the IVRCL at Gachi Bowli for establishing temporary offices of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi during their three-day stay here.

    The organisers are now grappling with a challenge that has come in the form of early arrival of delegates. It is said that most of the delegates had advanced the dates of their journey by a day to January 20 due to unavailability of room in flights the following day.

    Ceremonial procession

    Meanwhile, APCC president K. Keshav Rao said Ms. Gandhi, after hoisting the flag at the plenary, would be escorted to the dais in ceremonial procession. A welcome song, specially composed for the occasion, would be played. Giving details of the cultural programmes, he said they would seek to depict the Congress party's rich legacy, the freedom movement and the re-construction of the country after independence. There would be no cinematic flavour to these programmes.

    Responding to the Opposition's criticism about extravagance for the event, he claimed that utmost austerity was being observed.

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