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Jaipur conclave awaits Rahul Gandhi's vision

Friday, 18 January 2013 - 5:13am IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Some get 5-star facility as most cong leaders try their best to shun extravagance at the 3-day meet.

Apart from social, economic and political issues, Congress leaders gathered here to participate in a two-day brainstorming session scheduled to be held from Friday would also discuss issues like urban unrests, indifference of youth and gender concerns threadbare.

The session will evolve a strategy, not only for the 2014 general elections but also for the coming assembly polls.

Everyone in the Congress here is looking for Rahul Gandhi to present a new vision, as he would lead the party in next elections, even if he is not projected as prime minister.

After the discussions during the chintan shivir,  the Congress will be sounding the poll bugle with a ‘Jaipur Declaration’ on Sunday that will be almost its manifesto for the 2014 polls.

Earlier, pointing out to new neon lights, freshly done up roads, taxi drivers told DNA that chief minister Ashok Gehlot was leaving no stone unturned to spruce up the pink city. But it has also resulted in long queues and traffic jams due to barricading of most of the roads leading to the city centre.

Old Congressmen here remember that Jaipur had hosted last Congress session in 1948, a year after the Independence. As most of the three, four and five-star hotels are booked to host delegates, these leaders remind that in 1948, the party had put up tents in a Jaipur suburb Gandhi Nagar to for the leaders.

Gandhi and her son Rahul are staying at Raj Mahal Palace.  While journalists have been put up in a five-star hotel, all other leaders to exhibit party’s simplicity are in three and four-star hotels. Salman Khurshid, Sachin Pilot and others are staying with friends.


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