CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi’s proposed Kanpur rally will prove to be an acid test for State party chief Salman Khurshid. The party has already started making all-out efforts to mobilise a crowd for the rally.
Besides Khurshid, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in charge of UP Ashok Gehlot and other senior leaders have begun touring the adjoining districts to mobilise support.
All the leaders of Congress’ frontal organisations have been asked to close ranks and put up a good show at the rally.
As Sonia Gandhi is likely to use the occasion to launch her party’s campaign for the Vidhan Sabha election, much significance is being attached to the Kanpur rally. It will be her first public meeting outside her constituency after she won the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-poll.
There has been a growing demand from Congressmen that Sonia Gandhi and party MP Rahul Gandhi undertake a Statewide tour before the polls. Sonia also proposes to hold seven similar rallies in other regions.
As there are indications that Loktantrik Congress Party (LCP) president Bachcha Pathak will join the Congress at the proposed rally, the LCP has decided to expel him from the primary membership of the party.
Our Allahabad bureau adds: AICC general secretary and incharge UP Ashok Gehlot spoke to the Press today, after taking stock of the preparations made by partymen for the Kanpur rally, which has been christened as Nav Nirman Rally by the party.
Having stayed out of power in the State for the past 16 years the party has overcome all its shortcomings. Congress workers have now started contacting people and were apprising them with the achievements of the Central government.
The Kanpur rally will mark the beginning of the end of Mulayam Singh’s rule in the State.
Lashing out at the Samajwadi Party government he accused this party of doing nothing for the youth. All it did was to lure the youth with five hundred rupees as unemployment allowance.
He said, this sop given to the youth would ultimately become the cause of the fall of the Mulayam government in the State.
He accused the State government of deliberately not implementing the employment guarantee scheme in the State because it was mooted by the Central government.
In view of the elections the state has been divided into eight sectors. He said Congressmen were making contacts with the people at the block and district level and were also holding meetings. The response of people, he said was good.
This was a good sign, he added. Later, he left for Pratapgarh to attend another function.