Post polls, Congress to work for strengthening base
With the election hullabaloo coming to an end, the state Congress will now work towards accelerating its organizational activities to strengthen its base that took a hit in some segments in the run up to the assembly polls.dehradun Updated: Feb 19, 2017 20:35 IST
Dehradun: With the election hullabaloo coming to an end, the state Congress will now work towards accelerating its organizational activities to strengthen its base that took a hit in some segments in the run up to the assembly polls.
Post completion of polls, the grand old party’s focus has now shifted towards deciding its future course of action by fortifying its organizational structure, based on the feedback received from different assembly segments.
Uttarakhand underwent polling for 69 assembly seats on February 15, while elections for the remaining one seat (which were postponed after the death of a candidate) will be held on March 9. The results for elections are scheduled to be announced on March 11.
State Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay said that the whole party came together and fought the assembly elections as a single unit.
“However, we’ve got preliminary reports that some of our workers went against the party’s interests. While necessary punitive action has already been taken against them (many such workers have been expelled from the Congress for six years), our efforts will now be aimed at boosting the party’s organization structure in the respective areas,” Upadhyay said.
The Congress has expelled a large number of its party workers – more than 50 in Sahaspur constituency, where Upadhyay contested the assembly polls – for ‘anti-party activities’, including fighting as Independents against the party’s official candidates or working to damage the official nominee’s electoral prospects.
Upadhyay has called a meeting of Congress office bearers, assembly poll candidates, district and town heads of the party, assembly level observers, and heads of various frontal organizations, departments and cells in Dehradun to discuss area specific strategy for future.
“There is still some time before the election results are out (on March 11) and the party wants to capitalize on this period by reaching out to the grassroots workers and reinforcing the party’s spirit,” a senior party leader, who did not wish to be named, told HT.