Fighting UP polls in real sense after 20yrs: Rahul

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday appealed to party workers to work unitedly and ensure its victory.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2011, 23:53 PM IST

Lucknow: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said it was for the first time after 1991 that the party was contesting polls in Uttar Pardesh in a "real sense" and appealed to party workers to work unitedly and ensure its victory.
"The first move towards seriously contesting the polls
was made in 2009, and now in 2012 the party will be fighting
it out in the real sense," he said.

Rahul said all the poll promises made by his party like
MGNREGS, different development packages, Land Acquisition Bill
and Food Security Bill among others had been fulfilled.

Now the promise of reservation made to minorities was
also going to be fulfilled, the Congress leader, on a two-day
visit to UP, told PCC members and presidents of district and
city units of the party.

Rahul said they had the capability to form the next
government in Uttar Pradesh and the only requirement for it
was a firm resolve in this regard.
"You have the capability to form the next government in
UP and if you make a firm resolve, it will definitely be
formed."

Referring to non-Congress governments in UP, Rahul said
during the tenure of BSP, SP and other parties the state had
lagged behind.

On inflation, he said some people had told him that it
was a major issue and asked whether controlling prices was not
the responsibility of the BSP government.

The FDI was meant to control the price rise but the BSP
opposed it strongly, Rahul said.

He said the progress of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh
was in the interest of all and asked partymen to work unitedly
and ensure its victory.

Rahul will undertake a five-day tour from December 13
in seven districts of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

PTI