Congress party sources said Gandhi met Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders from states where the party is not in power and heard their views on issues concerning their states. The sources said issues such as the Vyapam scam, the Patel community's agitation over quota, the drought situation in Maharashtra and the need for better organisational coordination came up during the meeting which lasted for nearly three hours.

The party's poll preparedness in election-bound Bihar also figured in the meeting. The meeting came a day before the Congress Working Committee meeting where the party is likely to decide on extending the term of party president Sonia Gandhi by a year.

The sources said Rahul Gandhi called upon the CLP leaders to aggressively raise issues concerning their states and focus on one issue at a time. They said Rahul Gandhi cited the example of the land acquisition bill to highlight how the party had forced the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government to make a U-turn on its earlier position concerning provisions of consent and social impact assessment.

Meanwhile, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) is likely to extend term of party president Sonia Gandhi by a year at its meeting on Tuesday, party sources said. The CWC, which is the Congress' highest decision-making body, will also discuss the present political situation in the country.

The term of Gandhi, who has been at the helm for 17 years, will end in December and the party is likely to hold organisational elections next year.

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