A two-day brainstorming session of the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh began in Hyderabad on Thursday to take stock of the state government's performance and to discuss strategy for the next elections.
With the government of Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy completing two-and-half years, the meeting is expected to serve as a mid-term appraisal of its performance and a platform for party workers to air their views on policy matters and organisational issues.
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who is in-charge of party affairs in the state, is participating in the session where the demand for creating a Telangana state and the recent controversy surrounding the chief minister's land holdings are expected to be discussed.
Over 400 party leaders, including the chief minister, state Congress president K Kesava Rao, ministers, MPs, MLAs, district unit presidents, former chief ministers and state executive members, are attending the meeting.
"It will be a free and frank discussion on all issues pertaining to the government's performance and party issues. We will discuss strategies to strengthen the party for the 2009 elections," Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said ahead of the meeting.
Suicides by debt-ridden farmers in the face of agrarian distress, pending irrigation projects, erratic power supply and distribution of lands to landless poor are among the issues set to dominate the agenda.