Supporting the demand of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav for a separate state of Poorvanchal, senior Congress leader from Maharashtra Kripa Shankar Singh said the demand was justified as that part (Poorvanchal) of the state had remained neglected for years.
Singh is presently in the city as the AICC observer for the assembly poll in Lucknow and its suburb. He has been made the observer for eight assembly constituencies.
Elaborating his point, he said as of now, the view about a separate Poorvanchal state was his own but he would take up the issue with the Congress high command after his return to Delhi.
Significantly, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav had recently raised the issue for a separate Poorvanchal state during his visit to Lucknow.
"Ever since Congress has been out of power for the last 17 years in the state, there has been no development," the Congress leader rued.
About his mission of roping in over 800 Congress leaders and workers from Mumbai, the Maharashtra Congress leader claimed that he had shortlisted 700 workers, who would come to UP for campaigning. "They include 3 MLAs from Mumbai, suburban Kalyan and prominent professionals," said Singh and added that some among them were already on the job in UP.
About campaigning, Singh said the Congress was preparing to rope in cine stars from Bollywood Raza Murad, Celina Jaitly and Mahima Choudhary for campaigning. Bhojpuri film stars like Manoj Tiwari and Ravi Kishan etc were also expected to campaign for Congress candidates, he said. Maharashtra Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh would also campaign in Poorvanchal.
On the clash between lawyers and policemen in Allahabad, Singh said that the SP government had been ruling with
. He sarcastically pointed out at the advertisement campaign by super star Amitabh Bachchan
Jurm Yaha hai kum
. "Where is the law and order?" he asked.