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With 2014 in mind, Cong to don thinking cap in Jaipur

DNA   |  Dec 02, 2012, 06:21AM IST
Jaipur: The much talked about “Chintan Shivir” (brainstorming camp) of the Congress party ahead of 2014 general elections would be held in Jaipur. Four senior AICC leaders along with chief minister Ashok Gehlot inspected the BM Birla auditorium on Saturday to finalise the venue for the convention. 
 
“Our visit is not a political one. We have come here (in Jaipur) to inspect BM Birla Auditorium for holding three-day Chintan Shivir in January. Our office bearers and leaders favour the venue and I feel that the party will be able to organise its camp here,” Janardan Dwivedi, national spokesperson of Congress told reporters in Jaipur. 
 
Dwivedi was accompanied by several senior leaders including Motilal Vora, Ahmed Patel and Oscar Fernandez during the visit. The brainstorming session at Jaipur is being seen as very important milestone in the party as it braces for general elections in 2014. 

The first such shivir was held at Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh in 1998 soon after Sonia Gandhi took the reins of the organisation in her hands.
 
The second such convention was held at Shimla in 2003 after which the Congress stormed to power at the Centre defeating BJP-led NDA alliance in 2004. The camp will draw participants from Union Cabinet ministers, leaders in the organisation and state chief ministers. 
 
Dwivedi admitted, “Political, economic and internal issues will be discussed at the camp,” but steered clear of issues related to the organisation. “On January 18 and 19 issues related to common man will be discussed at the camp following which a resolution based on conclusions will also be passed by the party. It will be on the same lines of Pachmarhi and Shimla resolutions,” Dwivedi said. 
 
Sources said that the party would discuss its “internal programmes and issues” on January 20. 
 
Later on Saturday, AICC leaders visited hotels in city where arrangements for lodging the participants could be made. 
 
Dwivedi also targeted Gujrat chief minister Narendra Modi for dragging in Ahmed Patel’s name as a chief ministerial candidate in Gujarat. “Patel has already clarified that he was never a CM candidate and never will be. In our party we don’t have the tradition of deciding the PM or CM candidates before elections. Our elected leaders themselves choose their chief minister,” Dwivedi said. 
 
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