Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi promised direct access to the party’s grassroots workers in his Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, returning to Uttar Pradesh for the first time after the party’s debacle in the assembly polls.
“Give me three months. I will keep in touch with you directly. We will work out a system that keeps the ground level workers in focus,” he told party workers at a closed-door meeting at Semrauta in Tiloi assembly segment of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency.
Gandhi had a similar freewheeling interaction with party workers at Mata in Salon assembly constituency on the first day of his three-day visit, setting the agenda for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
After getting inputs that groupism, poor candidate selection and high-handedness of local leaders were to blame for the poor showing in the assembly polls, Gandhi assured a complete overhaul in the organisation. He pacified vocal grassroots workers, saying he would act against those who denied them access to the party leadership.
“What went wrong? Why did we lose? How to bring about an improvement?" were the pointed questions Gandhi posed, as he analysed the loss, which saw Congress winning only two of the 10 assembly seats in Lok Sabha bastions Amethi and Rae Bareli (party president Sonia Gandhi”s constituency).
Both the victories came in Amethi. In the 2007 assembly elections, Congress had bagged seven of the seats.
He is likely to interact with party workers of Amethi and Gauriganj on Tuesday and follow it up with a similar interaction in Jagdishpur assembly constituency on Wednesday.