Cong focuses on UP, to challenge Mayawati in her native place
With focus now shifting to Uttar Pradesh where Assembly polls are due next year, Congress is literally taking the battle to the home turf of Chief Minister Mayawati.
New Delhi: With focus now shifting to
Uttar Pradesh where Assembly polls are due next year, Congress
is literally taking the battle to the home turf of Chief
AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters
that plans are afoot for a party rally at village Badalpur,
native place of the BSP supremo, in the first week of next
month. The village falls in Gautam Budh Nagar district.
He said that the rally is to protest against the
alleged corruption by Mayawati government and to highlight the
plight of dalits in the state. Asked whether Rahul Gandhi
would be addressing the rally, he said that the details are
yet to be worked out.
Singh, who is in-charge of party affairs in Uttar
Pradesh, alleged that Mayawati had bought land in her native
place which was acquired by the state government for public
purpose. He said that Mayawati has a "huge" farm house in the
The acquisition was stopped sometime back when
Congress had held a protest in the village, he said.
Congress` plan to hold the rally in Badalpur is
significant given the fact that the party had made a big issue
of land acquisition at the Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater
Noida area of Uttar Pradesh where Rahul Gandhi and Singh had
staged a dharna seeking justice for the aggrieved farmers.
Turning to organisational affairs, Singh said that the
Pradesh Election Committee for Uttar Pradesh would be
announced in a day or two.
As part of poll preparations, the party is organising a
meeting of the state executive of the U P at Varanasi next
week. It will be inaugurated by Gandhi on May 18 and party
chief Sonia Gandhi will be addressing the concluding