Lucknow : Making a frontal attack on three Opposition Parties- BJP, SP and BSP, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked the party workers and leaders to get ready to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Gandhi charged all three opposition parties with dividing the state on caste and communal line. "Various parties have come to power in UP during the last 27 years. Some made people fight on Hindu-Muslim lines...but none talked about the state's development. There was a time, when UP was in the forefront. It will once again take the number one slot," he said. In a no-holds-barred attack on his rivals, Mr Gandhi said BSP, SP and BSP, the dominant parties in the state, have indulged in "politics of lying". "Congress is one party that does not believe in pitting one person against another for narrow political gains," he said, while interacting with the party workers. Amidst a record attendance of Party workers, probably the biggest after the party went in hibernation 27 years back, the Congress vice-president assured to restore the past legacy of Gandhi family, when the doors of the family always remained opened to hear the grievances of public from Jawahar Lal Nehru to Indira Gandhi to Rajeev Gandhi. "I am very busy visiting all parts of the country. But, still I assure you all to revive the legacy of Gandhi family and hold Janata Darshan every week so that common people can meet me and tell their problems," announced Mr Gandhi, while replying a question that nowadays, no Gandhi family member has time to meet the common people.
Attacking the State government on law and order front, Gandhi commented that the police stations in Uttar Pradesh has turned into a 'political party offices' for which the law and order is deteriorating. "We will certainly change the system once Congress comes to power," he asserted while replying to a question of a Congress worker from Jaunpur. "For the past 27 years, every political Party have pushed the state into backwardness and we want the golden time of UP to return and we are committed for it," he further added. Mr Gandhi, who was holding a live open interactive session, first of its kind in the country, in view of the Congress effort to gain power in Uttar Pradesh after 27 years of exile, here at the Rama Bai Ambedkar ground in the state capital, moved on the ramp to answer the questions asked by the workers. A day after lobbing "arhar (lintel) Modi" jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over spiraling prices in the country, Rahul Gandhi main attack was once again against Narenda Modi and he did not lose any opportunity to condemn the NDA government.
"Modiji promised bullet train whose tickets will be not less than Rs 15000. Only Modiji and his suit boot friends will travel in it while poor will only be able to watch it," he commented. "Modiji focuses on the richest man, while the Congress Party focuses on the poorest man. When farmer sells his pulses, Modiji gives him Rs 50 but when the same farmer buys his own pulses from the market he has to pay Rs 200," he questioned through another question. He further alleged that Modi was just working for 3-4 selected industrialists and sought to know when the prices of pulses would come down. In other questions, he defended UP CM face Sheila Dikshit on her age factor and said, "Sheila has changed the face of Delhi. People in Delhi repent the mistake they did by voting for a party which is more interested in doing drama and no work," he said. On being asked about the incidents of Dalit atrocity, the Congress leader said the weaker sections were suppressed all over the country, be it in Gujarat,Haryana or Uttar Pradesh. "Wherever atrocities have been committed on Dalits, I have rushed to those places as Congress always stands for Dalits, farmers, minorities and tribals," he said. Mr Gandhi further said Congress Party and each every hardworking, energetic Congress worker here wants UP to become the No1 state once again and that's our only goal.
"If the Congress Party stands together, if we fight for our ideology and give voice to the workers then no Party can defeat us," when he was asked which party he thinks would give a fight to the Congress in UP polls. "We will fight together and together will take UP to the top spot. Party will fight with a plan," he further said. "Congress is fighting to change the lives of the people of UP. We are fighting to form the Government in UP. We are not here to merely increase seats," the Congress vice-president clarified to another question. When his attention was drawn that turncoat joins the Congress during the election time due to which the old dedicated workers are neglected and not given tickets, Gandhi said, "We do want to take people from other parties but first comes workers of Congress party. We also want to promote youth and give them assembly tickets," he said. "We will promote those, who will work for the people by staying at the ground level for at least 20-25 days and their kurta gets dirty and shoes will be torn up," he further comment while replying to a question that no Congress leaders go to the ground level. Mr Gandhi took around 50 questions during his three hour long interaction programme called 'UP Udghosh". Senior party leaders includign AICC general secretary and In-charge of UP Gulam Nabi Azamd, state president Raj Babbar, party's CM face Sheila Dikshit, Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and other were also present during the interactive session.
During the programme former UP Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi read out the written questions of the workers while Gandhi leisurely walking on the ramp try to go near the person who put on the question to reply. Posters with slogan "27 saal, UP behaal" dotted the city's thoroughfares while welcome arches were set up on the road from the airport to the venue -- Rama Bai Ambedkar ground -- where a massive ramp was erected for the Congress vice-president to interact with a large audience. Interestingly a crowd of about one lakh waited patiently for arrival of Rahul even when it rains heavily for about an hour just before arrival of Congress vice-president. Congress is in political wilderness for nearly three decades in the state following the emergence of divisive 'Mandal-Mandir' politics and rise of the BSP, which took away its crucial dalit vote base. Today's interaction was aimed at reviving the party's electoral fortunes ahead of the crucial 2017 Assembly polls.