Encouraged by the upsurge in the electoral fortunes due to the efforts of party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the youth wing of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday staked claim for 50 per cent share in the 2012 Assembly elections in the state.
"The youth leaders and workers of the three zones in Lucknow on Wednesday demanded 50 per cent seat allocation to the youth in the 2012 Assembly elections and the UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi promised to put forward our demand provided we worked hard at the grass root level," youth wing spokesman Mukesh Singh Chauhan said on Thursday.
The workers of the Purvanchal, Pashimanchal and Bundelkhand had complained that senior leaders were given preference in ticket allocation, overlooking the claims of the youth on which the UPCC president promised to take their demand to the central body.
"It is now our duty to achieve the target given by the Congress general secretary for the youth workers to become 'aam admi ke sipahi' working right from the village to the state level to strengthen the party for staking claim on fifty per cent seats in 2012 elections", Chauhan said.
"We would also be concentrating on apprising the people with the various welfare and development schemes of the Union government like the mid-day meal and NREGS," Chauhan said.