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UDAIPUR: The brass of Congress party, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, will assemble here for a three-day brainstorming session starting Friday to check the party’s slide since 2014 and get it ready for upcoming elections. Over 400 Congress leaders from across the nation will gather for the ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ at a star hotel on the city outskirts.
The party’s last ‘Chintan Shivir’ was held in Jaipur in 2013, when Rahul was made the party vice-president. But the party leaders have stressed that the leadership issue would not be discussed at the Udaipur session. Rahul left Delhi by train on Thursday evening and will reach Udaipur on Friday morning. Sonia and Priyanak Gandhi Vadra will fly to the city by Friday noon.
On the eve of the meeting, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the session would show a way forward to address the current reverses and challenges faced by the party and pave the way for helping it build a resilient, strong and inclusive nation.
Addressing the media, Gehlot said the BJP-led central government was making a mockery of the Constitution. “BJP keeps questioning what the Congress has done in the past 70 years. The Congress leaders sacrificed their lives for the nation. These people who are talking about a Congress-free nation will soon get wiped out. The Chintan Shivir will rejuvenate the Congress and its workers,” he said.
Talking to the media here, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot said, “The Congress is and will have to remain the pivot around which an anti-BJP coalition is formed.” Pilot asserted that formulating a successful electoral strategy would be a top agenda at the three-day session.
AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala said the shivir was aimed at deliberating the challenges faced by the country such as “freefall of the economy”, increasing inequality of wealth, price rise of essential commodities, “deep-rooted conspiracy” to hand over the farming sector to a select group of private corporates, “attack on India’s territorial integrity by China”, “attack” on the rights of Dalits, SCs/STs, minorities and attempts to divide by using Hindu-Muslim rhetoric.
Surjewala said the country was presently enduring a “painful and vicious assault” on its democracy, economy and social harmony. “In these trying times, when divide and rule has become the state policy, we resolve to re-dedicate ourselves to a Nav Sankalp, which will once again propel India onto the path of progress, prosperity and societal harmony,” he said.
The AICC general secretary said as India was plagued by problems, it was obligatory for the Congress to defend the Indian ethos and find lasting solutions for peaceful coexistence. The Congress has, therefore, chosen six subjects and constituted groups to discuss, examine and submit their primary reports on proposed actions on these. These subject groups are political, social justice and empowerment, economy, Congress organisation, farmers and farm labourers and youth.
The 430 invitees will be divided into different groups and will discuss and deliberate over a period of three days the various facets and challenges and lay down a roadmap for the party. The conclusions will be presented to Congress president and, thereafter, to the Congress Working Committee for approval and giving it a final shape before the next elections.

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