statesman news service
New Delhi, 21July
The Congress party will sit down tomorrow to take stock of the communication strategy ahead of the Assembly elections later this year and Lok Sabha poll, expected in the summer of 2014.
The two-day media conclave of the party begins here and will look at the ways to effectively showcase UPA’s achievements to the voters.
Vice-president Rahul Gandhi will inaugurate the conclave. Union ministers Mr P Chidambaram, Mr Anand Sharma, Mr Jairam Ramesh, Mr Shashi Tharoor and Mr Manish Tewari will address the key sessions during the two-day programme.
The party will also unveil its social platform Khidki for about 200 spokespersons from across the country encouraging them to use it as a window of opportunity besides giving them lessons in the dos and don’ts of electronic media, a statement from the AICC said.
The programme will conclude with round-table discussions in 10 groups organised for spokespersons from states and NSUI and Youth Congress representatives on a host of current topics.
All states have been asked to send five spokespersons, under 55 years of age, for the workshop and the participants have been given a form in which they have to inform among other things whether any criminal case is pending against them.
Mr Tewari, who is the Information and Broadcasting Minister, will train the participants on how to prepare for an effective debate or press briefing.
The Congress will also unveil a new platform for disseminating party&’s views uniformly across the