Lucknow: Encouraged with the party`s
performance in the recently concluded assembly elections in
four states, the Congress has set its eyes on Uttar Pradesh,
where state assembly election are due next year.
"The mandate in favour of Congress and its coalition
in Assam, Kerala and West Bengal is a clear indication that
the bogey of inflation and corruption by the political
opponents has been rejected by the electorate and it would be
repeated in Uttar Pradesh also," UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi said.
She said that the results in these states as well as
Tamil Nadu goes on to prove that people approve of UPA
policies as also the action taken by the party, punishing even
its own leaders on issue of corruption as well as the
capability of the electorate to identify the culprits.
The party is all set to launch its election campaign
at Nadeshar area in Varanasi, where a rally would be addressed
by Congress National President Sonia Gandhi and other central
leaders on May 19, Joshi said.
The rally, to be held on the second day of the two-day
PCC conference, scheduled on May 18 and May 19, is being
organised close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi`s rally in Banda
district of Bundelkhand region.
"It`s the most conducive time when Congress has a
bright chances of making a comeback in UP after a gap of more
than two decades," party spokesman Subodh Srivastava said.
"The results of three state assembly elections -
Assam, West Bengal and Kerala, and Gandhi taking the lead on
farmers` issue in Bhatta Parsaul, which has evoked a sharp
reaction from the political opponents could build up the
momentum required before the assembly elections," another
party spokesman Virendra Madan said.
Since 1989, when the party was voted out of power,
Congress` tally in the legislative assembly had been on the
decline - from more than 200 MLAs to mere 21 MLAs in 2011.
There is a growing realisation among the people in the
state that it is time Congress be given a chance as the non-
Congress governments had failed on the expectations of the
people in the last 22 years, Madan said, adding that the party
has to capitalise on the opportunity now.
He mentioned that during past 22 years, the state has
experienced every possible combination of three main parties
besides their own respective governments and found that their
policies and programmes are not all pervasive.
"All of them had chalked policies either with an eye
on any particular section of society or to pit one section
against the other," Srivastava said.
He said that the Congress even though not having
government in the state for long, had been working for the
uplift of all sections of society.
"Bundelkhand package of Rs 7500 crores is for
development and Rahul Gandhi`s fight for farmers in Bhatta
Parsaul is also for an issue which will benefit all of them,"
Rahul-led agitation for the farmers has also lended
teeth to the ongoing preparations of the party under which it
has already held about 175 conventions at various district and
assembly segments in the state, Srivastava said.
About 300 more such conventions would he held soon
with central leaders participating in it, besides region wise
rallies planned for Saharanpur, Bareilly and Sitapur soon, the