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.

Though the AICC has so far not made public the agenda for the meet, alleged "neglect" of the social sector by the BJP-led government and its "failure" to address the problems of farmers are some of the issues he is likely to take up in a big way at the convention.

The Chief Ministers' conclave is the first since Congress lost power at the Centre in May last year.
Congress is in power in nine states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
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.

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