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West Bengal Congress plans brainstorming session

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Action plan for the 2011 Assembly elections to be discussed

— Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Union Finance Minister and West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Pranab Mukherjee, PCC working president Pradip Bhattacharya (right) and Congress leaders at a meeting in Kolkata on Saturday.

KOLKATA: In an effort to chalk out guidelines for the future policies of the Congress in West Bengal, the Pradesh Congress Committee has planned a two-day brainstorming session in August. It will be attended by the executive body members of the PCC as well as the newly-elected MPs, MLAs, district and panchayat members, PCC working president Pradip Bhattacharya said here on Saturday.

Addressing journalists after a two-and-half-hour meeting of members of the PCC executive body, taken by PCC president Pranab Mukherjee, Mr. Bhattacharya said: “During our discussions, Mr. Mukherjee said that the ‘chintan’ camp will be held on August 8 and 9 at Bolpur in Birbhum district, where a brainstorming session will be held to thoroughly discuss the speeding up of our organisation…a new political thought process has been triggered in the State and we will discuss the party’s actions for the 2011 Assembly elections.”

He said the Congress entered into a seat-sharing arrangement with the Trinamool Congress during the Lok Sabha elections because the people of the State wanted it.

“But even after the alliance, we have to protect our own organisation. The Congress’ existence in south Bengal has been strengthened post-election,” Mr. Bhattacharya said.

All-party meeting

On attending the all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to discuss relief measures for the Aila victims, Mr. Bhattacharya said: “It has been decided at our meeting that as a national political party, the Congress will attend the all-party meeting. However, we are not at all happy with the way the State government has invited us to the meeting with just a letter.”

The Trinamool Congress has said that it will not attend the meeting.

PCC members Manas Bhunia and Subrata Mukherjee would attend the meeting and make constructive suggestions about relief measures.

Expressing concern at the alleged worsening post-poll law and order situation in the State, Mr. Bhattacharya said: “The State government has deliberately not taken any steps against it. The PCC members will submit a deputation to Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on this issue as soon as the Parliament session is over.”

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