Next AICC session likely to be held in Punjab: Amarinder Singh arrives in New Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) is most likely to hold the next session in Punjab under the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, media reports said, adding that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is currently in New Delhi to discuss its preparations with the party chief.

It is now on Rahul to decide whether the meeting in Punjab will be a primary or a full session, The Indian Express quoted party sources as saying. Primary session is attended by AICC delegates only, while a full session witnesses participation of AICC as well as 'Pradesh Congress Committee' delegates.

Rahul Gandhi meeting workers from various levels of the Congress party at AICC HQ on Wednesday. Firstpost/Debobrat Ghose

Rahul Gandhi meeting workers from various levels of the Congress party at AICC HQ on Wednesday. Firstpost/Debobrat Ghose

The report added that the two-day session is usually held in a Congress-ruled state, and entails expenditure worth crores. The last session, called Chintan Shivir, was organised in Jaipur in January 2013.

At the time when Chintan Shivir was organised, Rahul was yet to even take office as Congress vice-president. An India Today report says that the conclave, which witnessed the attendance of 350 delegates from across the country, had set the stage for Rahul to take on a more proactive role in the party.

Reviving party traditions, Rahul is scheduled to interact with delegations of party leaders and workers from across the country on Wednesday at the AICC headquarters at Akbar Road in New Delhi.

The Congress president's office at the AICC headquarters has remained closed for several years, and used to be only opened for important occasions like the party's foundation day. The office has recently been cleaned up and refurbished for Rahul to begin work.

Punjab is one of only five states in India where Congress is still in power. The Congress swept even the municipal elections in December 2017 in Punjab, with the results coming as a boost for the state government. The Opposition alliance, however, alleged gross poll code violations and demanded countermanding of the Patiala corporation elections.

The Tribune reported that Amarinder will also discuss details of reallocation of portfolios and Cabinet expansion with Rahul on Wednesday. The chief minister is aiming to expand the Cabinet in the first week of March, ahead of the Budget session which will begin on 8 March, the report said.

On Tuesday, Rahul slammed the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, raising doubts about the "secrecy" surrounding the negotiations and cost of the France-made fighter jet.

Congress' attack came after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman created an uproar after she told the Rajya Sabha she could not divulge details of the deal citing a "secrecy clause" in the agreement signed with the French government.

Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 12:01 PM

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