Bareilly: Amid strains with some of its
allies, Congress sees a chance in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls
not just to form the government in the state but also to
stabilize the UPA at the Centre.
"We are working with the aim to form the government in
Uttar Pradesh so that we are able not only to bring about a
change in the state but even find a solution from this very
election to the obstacles that we face sometimes at the
Centre," Union Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters.
With half of the term of UPA II already over, the
minister emphasized the need for strengthening the hands of
the central government saying it has to complete all its
programmes and implement fast the far reaching decisions taken
by it in the remaining time it has.
Claiming that a "wind of change" is sweeping UP and a
"comprehensive change" would be visible after the polls,
Khurshid said Rahul Gandhi has totally dedicated himself to
the elections in the state.
The minister parried a question on whether any internal
survey of the party has pointed to the possibility of the
Congress-SP-RLD combine being in a position after the polls in
UP to form the government but claimed the party was "moving
very fast" towards forming its own government in the state.
"I am not privy to any survey but my understanding is
that we are moving very fast towards making our government in
UP. Those who are in the government now are going fast in
retreat and the stage is being vacated largely.
"I believe because of their own wrongdoings and Rahul
Gandhi`s aggressive campaign, we are occupying very fast the
space they are vacating," he said.
Congress has recently been facing heat from its allies
with Trinamool Congress daring the party to walk out of the
alliance in West Bengal and NCP giving it an ultimatum over
sharing of seats for the Mumbai civic polls.