New Delhi: Political yatras appear to be the flavour of the season. Even as BJP stalwart LK Advani carries on with his nationwide yatra against corruption, the Congress has announced that the party will hold Jan Sampark Yatras in Uttar Pradesh.
As per the plan, the party will hold five Jan Sampark Yatras in different parts of the state which is scheduled to go to polls early next year.
The importance being accorded to ‘Mission UP’ can be gauged from the fact that Rahul Gandhi would himself be spearheading one of the yatras, aimed to make people aware of the Congress’ development agenda.
As per reports, besides highlighting the weaknesses of the Mayawati regime, the yatras will also be used a platform to take on Team Anna on the issue of Lokpal Bill.
Anna Hazare has already announced that he will campaign against the Congress in the politically important state, if the party fails to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament. As a first step in its ‘vote out Congress’ agenda, Team Anna had campaigned against the Congress candidate in the Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll.
Although it would be premature to attribute the Congress’ loss in Hisar to the Anna factor but clearly the grand old party has a reason to worry.
Besides the five yatras starting November 1, the party has also planned to hold small meetings across the length and breadth of the populous state to build up a momentum in its favour and as part of the plan, 15 rallies would be held in December.
Then a maha-rally would be organised in Lucknow in February 2012 during which the party will release a charge-sheet on the “corruption antics” of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, her ministerial colleagues and other BSP leaders and submit it to the Governor demanding action.
The Lucknow rally would be attended by party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders.