Allahabad: With a vow to rid the people of the
"corrupt" Mayawati government in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly
polls, Rahul Gandhi will kick start the Congress campaign by
addressing a rally at Phulpur on November 14.
"Rahul will be in Phulpur on November 14, which happens to
be the birth anniversary of his great-grandfather and first
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Moreover, Nehru used to get
elected to the Lok Sabha from Phulpur," UP Congress chief Rita
Bahuguna Joshi told reporters here.
41-year-old Rahul has been working hard to revive the
fortune of Congress in the largest state after ensuring its
victory in 21 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2009 - up from just
nine in 2004.
Joshi said, "The people of the state have suffered under
one incompetent regime after another and we are confident that
this time they will vote for the Congress in droves."
"We will be visiting Phulpur later next week to finalise
the venue of the rally and begin preparations for the grand
show," she said, adding the choice of the venue was decided
at a high-level meeting of the party held in Delhi yesterday.
Phulpur tehsil, situated about 40 km from the city, falls
in the trans-Ganga district of Allahabad, closely associated
with the Nehru-Gandhi family.
The Lok Sabha constituency named after the tehsil has been
represented by stalwarts like Nehru, his sister and renowned
diplomat Vijay Laxmi Pandit and even former Prime Minister V P
Singh, who had made his parliamentary debut as a Congress MP
from this seat.