New Delhi: The plans of Congress to hold
five regional conferences to mark its 125th anniversary
appear to have been jeopardised.
This became clear with the party today announcing the
postponement of its plans to hold two of these conferences in
Eastern and Northern Zone.
The conference in East Zone was to be held in Kolkata on
September 25 and the North on September 27 in Mohali.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi was expected to inaugurate both
the conferences. The meetings were postponed in view of the
continuing rains in both the regions, AICC General Secretary
Janardhan Dwivedi said.
Time is running out for the other zonal conferences given
the fact that the party has to go for a convention to mark the
completion of its 125 years by December and would have to
hold a plenary session.
A senior leader, who declined to be identified, conceded
that there was a now question mark over all the conferences in
view of the paucity of time.
No date has been fixed for the zonal conference in the
North while that of East Zone would be held only after Durga
East Zone includes poll-bound Bihar, as also
Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal and Andaman and
The North Zone includes Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand,
Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir
An AICC plenary is likely to be held Mumbai by the
year-end to mark the completion of 125 years of the party`s