Rahul?s remark buoys partymen
ELATED OVER indications that Rahul Gandhi was ready to lead the party’s revival campaign in the State, senior Congress leaders today called upon partymen to consider elections to the urban local bodies as rehearsal for the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in the State.
The occasion was a meeting of senior Congress leaders convened at the Sahkarita Bhawan to review party’s preparations for elections to urban local bodies.
They flayed the Mulayam government that, they claimed, was shying away from holding elections to urban local bodies, and added that the election could be held by June.
They were of the view that Congress should hold state-wide agitations to oppose the move of holding indirect elections on the post of mayors for the 12 Nagar Nigams.
They said Congress should raise the issues concerning the power situation, water supply and law and order front.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Ashok Gehlot said the impression that the Bahujan Samaj Party would return to power in Uttar Pradesh was misleading.
He said that Congressmen should ensure that Congress formed the next government in UP. “If we don’t form the government on our own we should ensure that no other government is formed without Congress’ help,” said Gehlot.
The Congress should bring out an election manifesto for the urban local body polls, said Gehlot, adding the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s vision of rights of local bodies should be incorporated in the proposed manifesto.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Salman Khurshid said changes would soon be effected in the party organisation.
There was no factionalism in the party, he claimed and said those who talked of growing factionalism in Congress were under a wrong impression. Instead of bringing an election manifesto, the party might come up with a vision document, said Khurshid. Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari also exhorted partymen to get ready for the urban local body polls.
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