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Gehlot gets down to set house in order

A DAY after stepping up Mulayam bashing, the State Congress has decided to bring its warring factions together and AICC general secretary (In-charge UP) Ashok Gehlot has made a major move forward in the direction.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 01:50 IST

A DAY after stepping up Mulayam bashing, the State Congress has decided to bring its warring factions together and AICC general secretary (In-charge UP) Ashok Gehlot has made a major move forward in the direction.

Gehlot today went to the residence of Jagdambika Pal and attended a meeting of the CLP at the residence of CLP leader Pramod Tiwari. Gehlot also met Congressmen at the UPCC headquarters and talked to mediapersons along with UPCC president before leaving for New Delhi to hold discussion on issues concerning constitution the UPCC and revamping DCC.

Talking to mediapersons, Gehlot said the Congress had to first put its own house in order and a campaign to bring unity among its various factions had been launched. Efforts would also be made to bring back to party fold all former Congressmen, he said adding those who have gone away would be brought back to the party fold. In future there would be no communication gap between party leaders and workers, he said while replying to a question.

Gehlot said Congress would gear up to provide a credible alternative to the people even as he called upon Congressmen to prepare themselves for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections. Congress would gain its lost glory in Uttar Pradesh, said Gehlot. Replying to another question Gehlot said the UPCC, the DCC and the City Congress Committees would be constituted soon.

Gehlot reiterated that coalition politics had weakened the Congress in UP. Supporting Mulayam Government was not a compulsion for the party, Gehlot said without making any commitment on how long the Congress support to the State Government would continue. Mulayam had betrayed the party whenever Congress supported him, said Gehlot.

On the telephone tapping issue, Gehlot said allegations that Congress president Sonia Gandhi was behind it were baseless. The media was also blowing the issue out of proportion, he said.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 01:50 IST