AROUND A dozen political leaders of various parties in Gorakhpur division have recently joined Congress. They include former state president of Hindu Mahasabha Deepak Kumar Agrawal, senior block pramukh Sahjanwa Ramprakash Shukla, block pramukh Pipraich Vidyawati Devi, block pramukh Bhathat Manju Devi, zila panchayat member Surendra alias Raju Tiwari, Umesh Chand Yadav.
The leaders who joined Congress have strong hold in their respective areas, which may produce desirable results for Congress party in the upcoming election.
Recently, the president of Purvanchal Kranti Parishad Sanjay Tripathi also joined Congress. Deepak Kumar Agrawal and Sanjayan Tripathi are expected to get party ticket from Pipraich and Kauriram assembly segment respectively.
Meanwhile, zonal incharge of the party and former Union minister Rampujan Patel claimed that around one dozen leaders of other political parties were in touch with Congress and they might join the party.
He claimed that the party had strengthened its position in this region. State secretary Dr Syed Jamal said that though in terms of seats, the performance of the Congress was not satisfactory in local bodies election but in terms of percentage of vote Congress had consolidated its position.
Responding to a question, he said party had decided to organise a big rally to be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in eastern UP soon.
Jamal condemned police lathicharge on party activists in Lucknow and Kanpur and claimed that increasing popularity graph of party has embarrassment the ruling SP.
He criticised Samajwadi Party-led state government for cheating the minorities and claimed union government was sincere for all-round development of minorities and in light of Sachhar Committee report, the Union government would take concrete steps for enhancing the educational status of minority community.