Day-long AICC session gets underway

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New Delhi, Nov 17: The crucial AICC session began here today which is being considered significant in view of the coming Assembly election in Gujarat and other major political developments.

The session started with Congress president Sonia Gandhi hoisting the party flag at the sprawling Talkatora Stadium, the venue of the day-long meet.

Seated on dais besides Ms Gandhi were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, senior AICC functionaries, Pradesh Congress Chiefs and other senior leaders.

Mr Rahul Gandhi, who is attending an AICC meeting for the first time after his induction into the party as General Secretary, was also among those occupying the dais. The young MP is scheduled to address the meet sometime in the afternoon.

With the Indo-US nuclear deal stuck in political quagmire amid the speculation of an early general election, the AICC meet would seek an increased focus for Rahul Gandhi to spearhead the party to a majority to form a government of its own at the Centre.

The highlight of the session will be adoption of an ''omnibus'' resolution on political, economic and international issues, besides incorporating a few amendments to the Party's Constitution.

The resolution will have its focus on Gujarat in view of the forthcoming state assembly elections and also on Pakistan, which is in the midst of political turmoil.

Besides the omnibus resolution, there will be three special resolutions on centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha, 150 years of First War of Independence and the 60 years of Indian Independence.

The session is being attended by about 2200 AICC members, including party MPs, party's ministers in the UPA government, Chief Ministers and Congress Legislature Party leaders.


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