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India's Congress Meets To 'Assess Performance'
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20264210
Source Date: Friday, November 09, 2012
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: India
Created: Nov 08, 2012

Top leaders of India's ruling Congress party are holding a key day-long meeting in the capital, Delhi.

The meeting is expected to discuss the government's performance and recent controversial economic reforms.

It also comes days after a mass rally in Delhi to shore up support and defend the reforms, which include opening up the retail trade to foreign companies.

Support for Congress in its second term has been hit by economic concerns and corruption cases.

Last month, PM Manmohan Singh inducted 22 new ministers into the government in a major reshuffle, a move seen as an attempt to get younger politicians into the Congress-party led government ahead of general elections in 2014.

Corruption cases

Correspondents say Friday's meeting, which is being attended by 70 leaders, is another attempt to carry out an assessment of the government's performance and revitalise the party ahead of the polls.

Mr Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, are expected to speak. Twenty-three cabinet ministers and 12 junior ministers will also be attending.

Party leaders are expected to defend the recent wave of controversial economic reforms, which include allowing the likes of Walmart and Tesco to enter the Indian market.

Reports say the party will question the government on the progress made in implementing the promises made to people in its manifesto during the 2009 elections.

The government has been battling allegations of corruption and inaction.

The corruption cases include allegations involving the hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, mobile phone licensing, coalfield allocations, embezzlement of charity funds and the actions of Mrs Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in real estate deals.
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