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Rahul’s mantra for UP assembly polls

 By Alka Pande, Lucknow, Dec 11: Congress had been out of power in the most populous Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for over two decades. Undeterred by the fact, the party is now making all efforts to spring back to its lost glory in the coming state assembly election slated next year.

The young scion of the Congress Rahul Gandhi during his day and half stay in the state capital Lucknow, met key party people which included 213 candidates for the assembly polls, chief of all ten zones (iin which the party has divided the state for poll preparation), frontal organisation chiefs, National Students Union of India and the youth Congress members.

Rahul spent exact eleven hours with his party-men to give them the mantra for winning – “believe in yourself and blame the ruling party for everything that is going wrong in the state.”

“You have the capacity to win and also to form the government, you just need to trust your strength. We are there to back you up. Anywhere you need me or any senior leader, we will be there,” Rahul assured the candidates. He emphasised on strengthening of booth committees, which he said are the medium for winning any elections.

Rahul presence created a synergy in the party office as the candidates and office bearers got an opportunity to have a direct interaction with the party youth icon. The apprehensions and fears on price rise and issues like FDI were raised by the candidates, to which Rahul had an instant solution. “There is no dearth of issues in Uttar Pradesh, as Mayawati and Mulayam have broken all records of corruption – expose them,” he advised them to focus more on the failure of ruling parties and highlight the schemes of the UPA. “Use FDI too in your favour and tell the people that the UPA wanted to bring FDI to control price rise but the opposition got together and hindered the move,” Rahul’s suggestion energised his people.

The Congress had been out of power for over twenty years but is making all efforts to emerge as one of the major opponents to regional parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state. Ruling the state on and off in the past 20 years, these parties have grown stronger and have built solid bases in Uttar Pradesh.

This time the Congress is working on Rahul’s strategy to achieve Mission 2012 (win the UP assembly elections). It announced the name of its 213 candidates also much before the elections giving them time to work in their constituencies. However, the party was facing dissidents who were not happy with the ticket distribution. Rahul during his visit made it clear that the names that have been finalised would not be changed now and those dissatisfied should forego their dissatisfaction and start working in support of the candidates who have got the ticket – “If Congress wins all of you will benefit.”

He also announced of a strict post poll review of each and every candidate and office bearer and warned of sure action against those who would be found guilty of lapses.

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