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Central leaders to campaign for Cong

THE UP Congress today criticized the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government for its failure on all fronts. The party said resentment was brewing among the people against the government and it would be reflected in the civic election. The party has also planned to rope in some central leaders for campaigning in the civic poll.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 01:07 IST

THE UP Congress today criticized the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government for its failure on all fronts. The party said resentment was brewing among the people against the government and it would be reflected in the civic election. The party has also planned to rope in some central leaders for campaigning in the civic poll.

Addressing a meeting of party leaders here on Tuesday, AICC general secretary and UP unit in-charge Ashok Gehlot said the SP-led coalition government was on its way out and the Congress should make determined efforts to come back to power.

Gehlot said the outcome of the civic election would mirror the result of the bigger electoral battle early next year. He said even though the local bodies election was being held all of a sudden, the party had made preparations in advance. Pointing out that the civic poll was significant for the party, Gehlot said a victory would strengthen Congress before assembly election. Gehlot asked Congress workers to mobilize people against the State Government.

UPCC president Salman Khurshid said success of two rallies addressed by AICC president Sonia Gandhi had indicated that the people wanted change in the state. He said while developmental activities had come to standstill during the last three years, law and order situation had touched its nadir.

While assuring full assistance to the candidates in the fray, Khurshid said people were inclined towards the party. He said a ‘jail bharo’ movement would be launched in the second week of November.

Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Pramod Tiwari said even in an adverse condition the party had polled 17 per cent votes in the last civic election. Tiwari said the Congress would be able to bag more seats this time. Senior Congress leaders including Dr Sanjay Singh, Nirmal Khatri, Rashid Alvi, Raj Bahadur Singh, Siraj Mehndi and others gave their suggestions to boost poll prospects.