For the first time after a debacle in the Lok Sabha elections held last year, the Congress party leaders in Himachal will on Sunday brainstorm and discuss ways to bounce back.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge for the state, Ambika Soni, is meeting her colleagues at Rajiv Bhawan, the party's headquarter, to seek feedback on how to revive the party.
The Congress, which lost all four parliamentary seats in the state - Shimla, Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi - has already initiated the process of elections to the party's organisational posts, including those at the higher level, as organisational deficiencies are being seen as one of the main factors for the party's drubbing.
Soni, who rarely visited the state after being assigned the job as in-charge, will, besides interacting with colleagues, hold talks with representatives of the Panchayati Raj institutions to the seek their feedback for strengthening the party.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh and AICC secretary Rajarampal are also scheduled to attend the meeting, being held after suggestions by the party chief Sonia Gandhi.
The core issues that have been flagged for the gathering include organisational reforms and accountability of leaders besides regaining the trust of the people.
Only recently, state Congress chief, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, took a slew of measures to improve the party's functioning. HeSukhu had dissolved 34 block units for their poor performance in the LS polls and also proposed to defragment organisational district units in Kangra and Mandi district, even as the decision was opposed by his senior colleagues.