Some 20 issues, most with a direct bearing on the general elections, will be discussed in five separate groups on political challenges, rural transformation, social empowerment, election preparedness and organisation reform, and people-oriented governance. The 263 delegates have been selected on the basis of region, caste, gender and, for the first time, age. In an attempt at a 'scientific', result-linked approach, the five agenda papers are accompanied by extensive annexures correlating governance with poll performance.
The discussion on political challenges will revolve around alliances in various states. But it will also cover foreign policy, looking at Indo-Pak and Sino-Indian relations, the unipolar world environment and the relevance of non-alignment.