Strongly opposing the Uttar Pradesh government's decision to hold "party-less" civic polls, the Congress on Thursday declared that it would thwart any attempt by Mayawati to scuttle former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's dream of empowering civic bodies.
Led by UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Congressmen including city Mayor Chaudhary Jitendranath Singh and senior leader Dharmaraj Singh Patel took part in the demonstration where slogans were raised in protest against the proposed move of the BSP government.
"Our agitation is part of a state-wide stir against the sinister move of Mayawati government which is actually a fall-out of the Chief Minister's growing insecurity over her dwindling popularity," Joshi said.
"We will oppose the move tooth and nail. We can not allow Mayawati to scuttle the dream of our late leader and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who had always stood for decentralisation of administration and therefore advocated greater empowerment of civic bodies," the UPCC chief added.