In an attempt to confront its political opponents aggressively, Congress is soon launching a Jan Jagran Abhiyan (public awareness campaign) throughout the country to inform people about the UPA government’s achievements and expose the opposition double-speak.
As part of the campaign, the party is coming up with a novel concept of Jan Sevaks (Public Servants) to create awareness and monitor implementation of various welfare schemes initiated by the UPA government.
The first batch of these Jan Sevaks will be trained at a two-day camp in Maharashtra’s Nashik district from June 4. The camp will be attended among others by Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, party’s Maharashtra in-charge Mohan Prakash, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, state unit chief Manikrao Thakre, union rural development minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and state minister Narayan Rane.
The moves comes nearly five months after Congress president Sonia Gandhi had announced the launch of public awareness campaign at the party’s 83rd plenary in December last year. The campaign has also been planned keeping an eye on the 2014 general polls and the emphasis would be on changing the perception that the Congress and UPA government had been pushed to the wall over the issue of corruption.
On its part, the Congress would not allow the opposition, particularly the BJP, to gain an upper hand in the wake of series of scams and scandals and allegations of corruption against the UPA government.
“Such campaigns will also reinvigorate the party cadres,” a senior leader said.
Gandhi had also advocated at least one public meeting in every assembly constituency and asked the state units to take the lead in this regard.
“Nothing can distract from our solid achievements. It is our duty to propagate them amongst the people. It is also our duty to effectively counter the blatantly baseless and completely unfounded accusations being levelled by the Opposition, particularly the BJP,” she had said.