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Congress to go all-out in UP civic polls

The party sees in the upcoming polls an opportunity to prepare for 2007 elections, writes Masoodul Hasan.
None | By Masoodul Hasan, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2006 09:55 PM IST

The Congress party on Tuesday said the Mulayam Singh Yadav government had failed on all fronts and it would have to face the people’s resentment in the upcoming civic elections in the state.

Addressing a meeting of party leaders in Lucknow, the All-India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the state unit Ashok Gehlot asserted that the Samajwadi Party-led coalition government was on its way out and the Congress should make determined efforts to come back to power.

Gehlot said civic elections results would be pointer to the bigger electoral battle – assembly elections -- early next year.

He urged Congressmen to earnestly work for the party, exhorting them to mobilize people against the government.

Speaking on the occasion, UPCC President Salman Khurshid said largescale participation by people in the two rallies addressed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi so far was an indicator that the people wanted change in the state.

Stressing that developmental activities in the state had stopped all together and law and order position was at its lowest, Khurshid said the Congress would go all-out to win the civic elections for which it would rope in national leaders for campaigning.

He also said the party’s “jail bharo” movement would be launched from the second week of November.

Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Pramod Tiwari expressed confidence that the party would do much better this time than in the 2000 civic elections when, despite adverse conditions, it polled 17 percent votes.


Senior Congress leaders including Sanjay Singh, Nirmal Khatri, Rashid Alvi, Raj Bahadur Singh, Siraj Mehdi and others offered suggestions to boost the party’s poll prospects.

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