Top Congress leaders, led by party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday assembled in Allahabad for the third Uttar Pradesh Coordination Committee meeting to chalk out strategy for reviving the party in the state.
Gandhi arrived in Allahabad on Thursday morning from New Delhi by a special aircraft and drove straight to the Circuit House, the venue of the meeting, where he was greeted by a huge crowd of flag bearing party supporters.
Almost all party MPs and MLAs from the state, including Union Ministers Sri Prakash Jaiswal and Mahavir Prasad, UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, her predecessor Salman Khurshid and CWC member Mohsina Kidwai are participating in the meeting, considered crucial in view of the next Lok Sabha elections.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the meeting, senior party leader Pramod Tiwari said: "Discussions are revolving around the ways and means of strengthening the party structure in the state."
Evading a direct reply on whether the proposed tie-up with Samajwadi Party was on the agenda, he said: "Electoral strategy will definitely be one of the main points to be discussed at the meeting."
After the coordination committee meeting, the Amethi MP will address his first public rally in the city later on Thursday.