THE CONGRESS on Sunday unveiled its secret weapon, the ‘women brigade’, who will take on political rivals at the hustings. The move comes even as various political parties are busy chalking out a strategy to win the civic bodies polls.
Mahila Congress members have been directed to highlight various civic problems, stage demonstrations on public issues, educate masses about their civic rights, gear up the party cadre and play up the issues that government has failed to address.
On Sunday, the sprawling Congress office located on Mall Road was converted into a makeshift classroom. About 100 members of the Mahanagar Mahila Congress were in the role of students.
State Mahila Congress Committee president Sudha Rai was playing instructor, educating ‘students’ about the finer points of the election strategy. “It’s time to get into election mode,” Rai said, even as many members informed her about the problems in their localities.
“We have not only practised delivering speeches, but also jotted down issues that should be highlighted,” they told Rai.
Besides giving women members more responsibilities, the party should field more women candidates in the civic bodies and assembly elections, they said.
Rai said, “Sonia Gandhi is our protector, as well as our saviour. We have to support her and work to make the base of the Congress strong in each ward.
But this is not possible as long as the Samajwadi Party Government continues in power. The women brigade will have to launch a strong movement against the State Government to hasten its fall,” she said.”
“Only Soniaji and Salmanji can change the miserable condition in which the people are forced to live,” all said in unison.
“The message should go to the people that they will benefit only when the Congress comes to power in the State”, Rai said. The members informed her about the problems they are facing in the field and the logistical support they require from the party.
“We will redress your grievances as you are the ones who will help us demolish the citadel of the rivals. Participate in all the programmes of the party with gusto,” Rai said.
Lucknow Mahila Congress president Farhana Maliki, said, “Women have the power to change everything. They should be given more seats in the coming elections. It’s high time women are treated respectfully and given their due.”