The conclave comes at a time when the Congress vice president has launched a sustained campaign against the NDA government over a range of issues--from the Land Bill to the Real Estate Bill, from net neutrality to de-recognition of a dalit students' body at IIT-Madras.
The Congress leader, whose elevation as party chief is only a matter of time, is expected to once again target the 'suit-boot ki sarkar', particularly on the problems being faced by non-BJP states and the continuing agrarian crisis.
The Chief Ministers' conclave is the first since Congress lost power at the Centre in May last year.
With Assembly elections in Assam and Kerala scheduled next year, the meet would also provide an opportunity to deliberate on the strategy ahead.
Sonia Gandhi, who has been at the helm of the party since 1998, had started the practice of organising conclave of its Chief Ministers when Congress was in Opposition at the Centre. Such meets had been held at Mount Abu, Guwahati, Delhi and Srinagar.
The Congress president has convened the meeting at a time when organisational elections have been delayed as also the elevation of Rahul, who was made party vice president in January 2013 at the Jaipur 'Chintan Shivir'.

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