The Congress will hold its first samvaad baithak (dialogue session) at Surajkund in Haryana on Friday, for both senior organisational leaders and ministers, in which they will discuss the performance of the Union government and seek better coordination between the party and the government.
Janardan Dwivedi, Congress media chairman, on Thursday told reporters 70 selected people — 19 Congress Working Committee members, 16 permanent invitees, 23 Cabinet ministers and 12 ministers of state with independent charge — will be present at the interaction. The session will see Congress president Sonia Gandhi delve on the current political situation during her opening remarks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talk on the economic challenges and finance minister P Chidambaram initiate a discussion on the current fiscal situation.
Congress sources said the party would discuss the implementation of its manifestos (of both 2004 and 2009) and deliberate on the yet-to-be completed tasks before the 2014 elections. Both party representatives and government ministers are expected to engage in informal discussions to thrash out issues of economic and and political importance, which have a direct bearing on the upcoming elections in states and then the general elections in 2014. This meeting would also go a long way towards providing a template for the issues to be taken up at the important chintan shivir (brainstorming camp) of the party early next year. The party has already swung into the poll mode, sounding the bugle for the elections during last Sunday’s massive rally at Ramlila Maidan in the capital.
Now with this dialogue session, the party is focussing on strategising on how to put in place the gaps between party and governance.