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Jammu ready to welcome Sonia Gandhi

india Updated: May 28, 2010 21:18 IST
Amir Tantray
Amir Tantray
Hindustan Times
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The Jammu and Kashmir winter capital is all set to welcome the United Progressive Alliance Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday.

Both the factions of Congress party led by Union Health Minster and Pradesh Congress Committee President were busy in finalizing the arrangement for the visit on Friday.

It is a great achievement for Jammu based Congress leaders, as Sonia Gandhi has agreed to keep her date with Jammu despite the fact that she has postponed her visit to summer capital Srinagar.

Though officially Sonia Gandhi will be inaugurating Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust in Jammu but her purpose of visit is much broader.

Sources told HT that Sonia would be talking to both the factions of the party and will tell them that the party needs to stand as a united unit in the state and will also talk to Chief Minister over the differences came up within the coalition.

The J&K coalition government is one of the products of Sonia's son and party's general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Congress president is making sure that the coalition will complete its tenure in the state without much difference, sources added.

Sonia will be arriving in Jammu at 10.15 am and will inaugurate the Gujjar charitable trust around 11.00 am.

During past week the temperature in Jammu was on higher side and above normal but before a day of arrival of Sonia Gandhi in Jammu, rain has lashed the city and the temperature has come down.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi postponed her visit to Srinagar due to the forecast of rains in Srinagar from May 28 onwards and will be visiting there by June end or in July.

Most of the Congress ministers including Deputy Chief Minister have stuck in Srinagar due to bad weather conditions. Few of them have started their journey towards Jammu by road and few will be waiting for early morning flights to reach Jammu before Sonia's arrival.

Gujjars on the other hand, who have organised Sonia's visit to Jammu will be hoping that she will speak out something about giving or denying schedule tribe status to Paharies, which have become a reason of conflict between two communities.