Though the inclusion of just five leaders from Uttar Pradesh in Manmohan Singh Ministry surprised many,state leaders insist it had been done purposely to build on momentum generated by Congress' performance in Lok Sabha polls and gear up the party for 2012 Assembly elections.
"The state's regional representation has been ensured by the five faces in the union ministry while most of the established leaders with experience who have won this time would be given responsibility to further strengthen the party so as to achieve Rahul Gandhi's mission 2012," UPCC sources here said.
The party, which increased its tally from nine to 21 seats in this Lok Sabha elections, has 22 MLAs in the 403-member UP Assembly.
With the bye-elections due in 12 assembly seats and a parliamentary constituency, party leaders are focusing on wooing dalit and backward castes voters.
"This is the most important time for the party and all its leaders realise that they have to help capitalise on the chance given to them so as to revive party's strength and there is no discontent also among the MPs who have not been given ministerial posts," the sources said.
The leaders of mass support would be playing a major role in consolidating this support at the grassroot level, sources said.
Besides, there are still a couple of vacancies and some other leaders could also find place in the ministry if it is considered necessary, they said.