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Cong, UPA allies to meet and discuss govt formation

Cong, UPA allies to meet and discuss govt formation
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First Published: Sun, May 17 2009. 02 43 PM IST
Updated: Sun, May 17 2009. 02 43 PM IST
New Delhi: A meeting of Congress and other UPA allies will take place soon to chalk out a strategy for government formation at the Centre.
A meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) will also be taking place in “a day or two” to elect the new party president and CPP leader.
“In a day or two, CPP meeting will take place as some formalities have to be completed. CPP’s President and leader have to be elected. Congress party’s leaders in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have also to be decided,” party’s media department in-charge Janardan Dwivedi told reporters on Sunday.
He was speaking after attending a thanks giving function at the party’s ‘war-room´ here. Dwivedi said the party will take steps one by one towards forming the government.
To a question which parties’ support UPA would like to seek, Dwivedi said, “All these issues will be discussed later on. First, we will hold a meeting with UPA allies and only then it will be decided whose support has to be taken.
“All these things (about taking support of other parties) will be decided after the meeting with our old allies...with those who were with us earlier. We will first discuss the issue with them,” Dwivedi said.
Party sources said that the meeting with UPA allies could take place any time after the Congress Working Committee meeting concludes today.
UPA would require to submit the list of the supporting parties and their numbers to the President along with the name of the new CPP leader for forming the government.
It is still not clear whether the LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who has lost from his Hajipur seat in Bihar, and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who are still ministers in the UPA government, will be invited for the UPA meeting or not.
Parties of both the leaders have contested out of UPA in this election.
Paswan reached the capital last night while Prasad will be reaching here by the afternoon. Congress leaders have so far been evading to name the allies who would be invited in the meeting.
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First Published: Sun, May 17 2009. 02 43 PM IST