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End Of Soliloquy?

In a break from Pachmarhi, at Shimla the party mulls over electoral alliances and sharing power at the Centre

End Of Soliloquy?
Prabhat Kumar
End Of Soliloquy?
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Its Shimla conclave could prove a turning point for the Congress, as it formalises its amenability to electoral alliances and power-sharing at the Centre. The proposed retreat from Pachmarhi, where it famously adopted a go-it-alone policy, is seen as an indication of the party's make-or-break approach to the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. Although billed as an introspective exercise, the Congress version of the 'chintan shivir' will concentrate on electoral strategies and streamlining the organisation. The process of identifying Lok Sabha candidates and possible seat-sharing arrangements with other parties has already begun.

Some 20 issues, most with a direct bearing on the general elections, will be discussed in five separate groups on political challenges, rural transformation, social empowerment, election preparedness and organisation reform, and people-oriented governance. The 263 delegates have been selected on the basis of region, caste, gender and, for the first time, age. In an attempt at a 'scientific', result-linked approach, the five agenda papers are accompanied by...
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