Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has put himself ahead of his administration in organising the Chintan Shivir, being held in the year the state goes to polls.
With practically all the top-rung Congress leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Jaipur for the conclave, Gehlot has pulled all the stops to ensure a smooth show though the weather was adverse on Friday.
About 1,600 people including Union ministers, chief ministers, AICC leaders, and top functionaries of the Youth Congress and National Students' Union of India are attending the shivir.
A mix of Rajasthani and other varieties of Indian cuisine was on offer for the invitees.
Much before the event, the administration got into action. Gehlot was personally monitoring the preparations.Roads were repaired, streetlights changed, buildings given fresh coats of paint, encroachments removed, dividers painted and flowers planted.
The state Congress unit set up seven committees - reception, transport, accommodation, food and catering, control room, registration and protocol - to oversee the arrangements.
The party booked around 1,600 rooms in about 45 government and private hotels and guesthouses of the city. Gehlot visited all RTDC hotels, the venue, and the Ghat ki Guni tunnel project, which will be inaugurated by Gandhi on Saturday.