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Govt formation in UP not main concern: Rahul

The Gandhi scion says people will have to understand that UP is not a one election job for him, it's a long process.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2012 13:15 IST
Rajiv Srivastava
Rajiv Srivastava

Congress MP from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday said he was not concerned about formation of the government in UP after the poll, but was working for the revival of the party in the state.

He, however, also said, "Any post-poll option which will strengthen the party in the long run will be given a thought."
He was talking to mediapersons in Gorakhpur before embarking on the last lap of roadshows in support of party candidates in Kushinagar, Maharajganj and Gorakhpur.

He added the decision on a post-poll alliance wrested with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders.

"I certainly have an opinion about it (post-poll alliance), which I will not like to share it with you people," he added.
He emphasised his concern was to strengthen the party and not the number of seats it would win in this election.

"It is not a short-term process. Neither is it a matter of one election. I will give more time to UP and like to interact with more and more people," he added.

The condition of the state had deteriorated over the past 15 years, he said. Several steps would have to be taken to restore normality, he added.

"I have a vision for the state though it is not refined. The reason: I did not have a deeper interaction with the people of the UP. That is why I am not here for this election only, but I have a long-term goal and will soon come back here," Rahul said.

However, the Amethi MP made it clear that he would not like himself to be presented as "the saviour of UP, I would like myself to be seen as a young man who can stand with the youth of the state".

Admitting Congress’ poor condition in the state, Rahul said, "For the last so many years, we used to only jump into the fray but never contested the election." However, this time there was a feeling amongst Congressmen that the party candidates could win the election.

He said there was a need to instill confidence in the Congress workers, which had been achieved to a certain extent.

About his remarks on creation of Bangladesh during a public meeting in Bareilly, Rahul said, "I have said whatever I had to say."

Interrupting a question about whether he had a plan to check unemployment as there was a politician every 50 metres in the State, Rahul quipped in a lighter vein: "Is there any connection between unemployment and netas in abundance in UP?" He added, "effective people will be scrutinised and taken into the party fold for a better UP."

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