New Delhi: With the issue of alliance with
NCP for Assembly polls in Maharashtra still to be decided,
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday held consultations with
senior party leaders including those from the state.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, senior party leader Shivraj
Patil, Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, PCC chief Manikrao
Thakre, Mumbai unit chief Kripa Shankar Singh were among the
state leaders present at the hour-long deliberations.
Union Minister AK Antony, who is in charge of party
affairs in Maharashtra, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh,
Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha K Rahman Khan as also AICC
secretary Mohan Prakash were present at the meeting.
The meeting is taking place amid indications that a
decision on the alliance issue would be taken this week.
There has been a section of partymen in Maharashtra, led
by Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, which wants the party to
follow the UP pattern in Maharashtra by going solo in the
Assembly polls. This section has, however, said it would abide
by whatever decision the high command takes in the matter.