Cong Chintan Shivir in Jaipur from Jan 18

The Congress will hold a brainstorming session in Jaipur from January 18 to 20 to discuss the political and economic situation and seek new ideas ahead of the next Lok Sabha election.

Of the three-day Chintan Shivir, two days will be devoted to a brainstorming session of 300-odd senior leaders and will culminate into a day-long AICC meeting on the last day, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

The AICC meeting will endorse the conclusions arrived at during the brainstorming exercise, the third such Shivir since Sonia Gandhi became Congress chief in 1998. The earlier two were held at Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

The first Shivir was held at Pachmarhi in 1998 soon after Sonia took over reins of the organisation. The second held at Shimla in 2003 led to Congress coming to power at the Centre in May 2004.

The exercise will be crucial for the party and is expected to be the first such venture after a proposed reshuffle of AICC secretariat when Rahul Gandhi is set to assume a larger role in the party.

The idea of the Chintan Shivir was mooted by Sonia in December 2010 but it could not materialise as both the government and the party has battled one crisis after another since.

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