Congress’s Rajasthan huddle for 3-day brainstorming conclave ‘Chintan Shivir’ | What’s on agenda


The Congress’ three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’, a brainstorming session, is all set to begin on Friday. The ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ will begin Friday afternoon, following which over 400 delegates will discuss subject-specific issues across six groups.

The conclave will take place in Udaipur, Rajasthan, where party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi arrived on Friday. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is expected to address a gathering in the city around 3 pm.

The conclave will focus on the time-bound restructuring of the Congress, finding ways to combat the politics of polarisation and getting battle-ready for upcoming electoral challenges.

These discussions will continue on the first and second day and the conclusions will be recorded in the form of a declaration, a draft of which will be discussed at the CWC meeting to be held there on the third and last day.

As Congress leaders get ready to huddle to brainstorm its strategy ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls in Udaipur, here’s what exactly the agenda of the crucial meet is:



The group, headed by party president Sonia Gandhi, will brainstorm the party’s strategy to strengthen and revive the organisation.

It is expected to prepare a blueprint for initiating structural changes in the organisation, come up with the Udaipur declaration which will be implemented in a time-bound manner and start preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

A senior party leader and CWC member said, “The biggest focus point will be how to strengthen the party and what all changes need to be brought in. We have to make meaningful changes and not merely cosmetic ones. At this conclave, we will make an action plan, not a philosophical plan.”

According to sources, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said at a recently held CWC meet, “The Chintan Shivir should herald a restructured organisation to meet the many ideological, electoral and managerial challenges we confront.”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “We are going to Udaipur not to draft a manifesto, we are going to Udaipur to prepare an action plan to strengthen and revive the Congress and to deal with political, economic and social challenges.”


Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashih Gehlot was quoted by news agency PTI as saying that the Congress will have to give out a new message from this Shivir to the people of the country.

“This is not a normal Chintan Shivir…The party will come up with a new ‘Sankalp’ from this conclave and then reach out to the people,” Ashok Gehlot said.

A senior leader said the issue of Congress leaders migrating to other parties will also be discussed at the Chintan Shivir.


Following the crucial conclave, the Congress may announce ‘one family, one ticket’ formula. The party had earlier suggested that only one person should hold one organisational position and that the norm of ‘one family, one ticket’ should be followed.


Earlier, Sonia Gandhi had constituted six committees consisting of nine members each to prepare papers on various issues. These papers will be discussed at length at the Udaipur conclave.

“The Congress has chosen six subjects and constituted groups to examine and submit their primary reports for the same,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.

About the six committees:

>> Mallikarjun Kharge is the convener of the political issues group
>> P Chidambaram is the convener of the economic issues committee
>> Bhupinder Singh Hooda is the convener of the agriculture, kisans and khet majdoors issues committee
>> Salman Khurshid is the convener of the committee that is preparing a paper on the welfare and empowerment of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs, minorities and women, >> Mukul Wasnik is the convener of the committee that is preparing a paper on the restructuring of the organisation
>> Amarinder Singh Raja is the convener of the committee looking into issues related to the youth, especially education and employment.


Randeep Surjewala said the conclave is also aimed at deliberating on challenges facing the country, such as “freefall of the economy”, increasing inequality of wealth, price rise of essential commodities, and the “deep-rooted conspiracy” to hand over the farming sector to a select group of private corporates.

The “attack” on India’s territorial integrity by China, the onslaught against the rights of Dalits, SCs/STs, and minorities and attempts to divide by using Hindu-Muslim rhetoric will also be raised, Surjewala said.


The issue of leadership in the Congress is not likely to be discussed at the Udaipur conclave, party sources said. However, reports said several leaders are likely to rake up the demand for Rahul Gandhi to take over the party leadership.


The three-day ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ is being held in the backdrop of a string of electoral defeats and dissent in the party, which has seen a sharp decline in the last seven years.

Speaking to India Today, a CWC member said, “Our party – which is the country’s principal opposition party – is certainly going through a crisis phase as we are in power in just two states and have less than 100 MPs in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.”

“It is a perform or perish moment. So, we are going to discuss organisational changes at length,” the member said.

Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi said, “Chintan Shivir should not become a ritual that has to be gone through. Use it as an opportunity and think about the magnitude of the crisis – an unprecedented crisis.

(With inputs from PTI)

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