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Rahul to 'punish' those who hurt Congress in polls

PTI  Amethi, May 02, 2012
First Published: 13:12 IST(2/5/2012) | Last Updated: 15:10 IST(2/5/2012)

Facing a barrage of complaints against local-level leaders, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised that those who harmed the party during the elections would be identified and shown the door.

Continuing the review of the just-concluded elections in Uttar Pradesh in which his party fared dismally even in areas which were considered its stronghold, the local MP stressed that the organisation would be revamped and priority would be given to active, honest and dedicted workers.

According to the workers and leaders who attended the review of Jagdishpur segment on the last day of his three-day visit, Gandhi said that workers were the backbone of the party and their voice would be heard.

Gandhi said that all development works in the district would be reviewed every three months and the basic problems related to power, potable water and roads would be resolved on a priority basis.

Motivating the workers, the Congress MP asked them not to get discouraged and start preparing for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The scene and complaints in Jagdishpur were similar to that in other assembly segments with the party workers complaining that they were not heard and development in the rural areas was not as per the requirement.

The workers also pointed out that common people have nowhere to go and that not much has been done to deal with problems like unemployment.

They were particularly critical of some vested interests in the party who have been harassing them, party sources said, adding that they asked him to understand their sentiments.

Meanwhile, farmers, whose land had been acquired for setting up the shoe factory where Rahul was holding the meeting, stopped his cavalcade as he was moving out and complained that they had not yet been provided employment to which the Congress leader promised to do something on reaching Delhi, the sources said.

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