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Cong to harp on 'progress and performance', besides 'aam admi'

delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2009 05:23 IST

After leading its first experiment at power sharing at the Centre, the Congress will use "progress and performance" in the last five years of UPA rule as its major poll plank along with the "aam aadmi" mantra to woo voters in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

As the AICC gives final touches to its draft manifesto, party leaders believe that the agenda of development will lead to electoral dividends for the Congress and cite the latest instance in Delhi where Shiela Dixit romped home for the third time trouncing the saffron party.

The main opposition BJP has decided to make 'good governance' its key electoral plank.

With all political parties going the extra mile to attract youth power this time, including BSP supremo Mayawati who promised 50 per cent seats to them, the Congress is expected to go with the flavour of the season and promise a "fair deal" to this section.

The party manifesto is also expected to underline that the Congress-led coalition has cared for every section- the bill regarding forest rights for tribals, old age pension for the elderly, Right to Information Act for those seeking transparency and openness, the Bharat Nirman programme for rural areas as also the urban infrastructure.

The Congress is expected to again latch on to the "aam aadmi" (common man) mantra, which helped it come back to power in the 2004 polls, in its advertisement campaign to woo voters.

Congress leaders steer clear of giving any clues on the budget for the campaign but reports said the exercise could cost Rs 150 crore.