Cong gears up for Chintan Shivir

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 18:54 hrs

pWith the victory over FDI in multi-brand retail in Parliament the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance UPA is now gearing up for the party&rsquos all important &lsquoChintan Shivir&rsquo brainstorming camp next monthppThe &lsquoshivir&rsquo which is only the third to be ever held is slated for January 18 and 19 at Jaipur Congress President Sonia Gandhi has this week appointed a committee chaired by senior party functionary Motilal Vora with former minister Ambika Soni as its convenerppParty sources indicate this &lsquoChintan Shivir&rsquo will bear the stamp of Congress scion Rahul Gandhi &ldquoIt will be RG&rsquos Rahul Gandhi vision and theme that will be displayed at Jaipur&rdquo said a Congress leader This is in keeping with Rahul Gandhi&rsquos growing stature within the organisation He has been appointed head of the election coordination committee for the 2014 general electionsppThe session which will see all party functionaries including state Pradesh Congress Committee PCC chiefs general secretaries and senior leaders in attendance is likely to thrash out the road map for the 2014 election Also on the cards are plans to re-draw party&rsquos strategy depending on its performance in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly polls The session will also be the forum where party&rsquos manifesto for 2014 will be decided say party sourcesppWith just about a month to go before the &lsquoshivir&rsquo all eyes are now on the committee in charge of organising the session The ministers to figure in this committee include Defence Minister A K Antony Finance Minister P Chidambaram Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Barring Chidambaram all other ministers have perennially been involved in party work Chidambaram&rsquos inclusion is an indication of his growing clout and involvement in organisational affairs of lateppThe other party functionaries who are members of this committee include Sonia Gandhi&rsquos political secretary Ahmed Patel and senior leaders Janardan Dwivedi Digvijay Singh and Oscar FernandesppAccording to sources the much talked about AICC reshuffle which is likely to take place in the run up to the shivir will only be to the extent of appointing new general secretaries incharge of statesp

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