Pradesh Congress on Tuesday said that it was prepared to put up a united show under the banner of UPA to restrict the casteist and communal forces, as represented by the JD (U) and BJP, from reaching the double-digit mark during the ensuing parliamentary polls. As part of its priority, the party would go all out to ensure the defeat of Rajiv Ranjan Singh, Radha Mohan Singh and Prabhunath Singh—the symbols of casteism, communalism and criminalisation (3Cs), in the State.
BPCC chief Anil Kumar Sharma said that the Congress had made greater sacrifice in the past to keep communal forces at bay. “We strongly favour the strengthening of secular forces. We have staked claim only on those seats that had been won by the NDA during 2004 polls, i.e. 11 plus 4 that the Congress contested. We have strong candidates and are in a winning position on these seats in wake of the changes brought in by delimitation exercise,’ Sharma said, while talking to newsmen.
Referring to the growing popularity and base of the party, Sharma said that he had been receiving request from leaders and political workers to join the party fold during his visits to the 25 districts visited by him so far. As a culmination, the BPCC chief inducted 10 persons, including Arvind Kumar Chaudhary and Ajay Purve, president and working president of the Rashtriya Lok Sewa Morcha, which contested two Lok Sabha and 57 assembly seats during the last elections.
Besides six other office-bearers of the Morcha, Sharma also welcomed Aparna Singh, a social worker active in Bhagalpur, and Gohar Siddiqui, an advocate into the party fold. The PCC chief said that the Congress was the only party that was able to provide security and peaceful atmosphere to them to flourish without fear.
Moreover, the party had provided them due honour to the community as Sitaram Keshri had grown from the rank of a worker to head the party both at the State and national-level, he said.