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HAND IT OUT TO THE TYAGIS: A policeman stands at the pylon unveiled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Nanal Nagar crossroads in Hyderabad on Saturday. - PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
HAND IT OUT TO THE TYAGIS: A policeman stands at the pylon unveiled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Nanal Nagar crossroads in Hyderabad on Saturday. - PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Staff Reporter

Location assumes significance as AICC session was held at Nanal Nagar crossroads in 1953 after liberation of Hyderabad from Nizam's rule

HYDERABAD: The first thing that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi did after flying into the State capital for the 82nd AICC plenary was to unveil a pylon installed at Nanal Nagar crossroads in memory of freedom fighters, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh watched.

Soon after arrival by a special IAF aircraft on Saturday, Ms. Gandhi and Dr. Singh drove to this historic area on Mehdipatnam-Tolichowki stretch. The first AICC session was held here in 1953 after liberation of Hyderabad State from the Nizam's rule.

The venue of this session was named after Govind Rao Nanal, a Congress leader of the Hyderabad State.

Warm welcome

To ensure that people were not put to inconvenience, traffic was stopped just five minutes before the VVIP convoy passed by and thrown open five minutes after they left.

Prominent among those present at the brief function were Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and PCC chief K. Keshava Rao.

Earlier, at the airport, the VVIPs were accorded a warm welcome, among others, by Governor Sushil Kumar Shinde, Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy and Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.

The VVIPs preferred not to walk up to the official reception pandal, and instead received a few bouquets and garlands standing next to the IAF aircraft on landing at 1 p.m.

Party flag unfurling

Ms. Sonia will unfurl the party flag on Sunday morning to mark the inauguration of the plenary. After Vandemataram, the welcome speech, condolence and constitutional resolutions and reports by general secretaries, the floor will be taken over by the Subjects Committee with opening remarks by the party president. On the agenda are resolutions on political, economic, international affairs and on agriculture, employment and poverty, apart from any other matter with the permission of the chair.

The day's proceedings will end with concluding remarks by Ms. Gandhi and followed by a cultural programme and dinner.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the gathering on the second day. This apart, Monday's programmes will be pretty much the same except that the discussions would be much more focused.


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