AICC session likely in Delhi towards October end

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) A day-long session of the All India Congress Committee(AICC) will be held in the capital city towards this month end, in a move to reactivate the revamped party Secretariat.

According to highly placed party sources, the session was originally planned for mid-October.

However, it is postponed for October end in view of the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to South Africa and Nigeria during October 14-18.

The sitting assumes significance in the context of the stand off between the ruling Congress-led UPA coalition and the supporting Left parties on the Indo-US Nuclear deal and a possible snap poll to the Lok Sabha.

It is also seen as an exercise to formally welcome new AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to the centre stage of the party.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had effected a major reshuffle of the AICC Secretariat last week, inducting several youth, including Mr Gandhi.

AICC General Secretary in charge of AICC session Oscar Fernandes has already begun the preparations for the session, which is likely to be held at the sprawling Talkatora stadium.

The last meeting of the AICC was its three-day plenary held in Hyderabad in January last year. AICC plenary is normally held after the completion of organisational elections held once in three years.

Accordingly, the next AICC plenary will be held in 2008 or 2009.


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