Congress seeks Rahul's time to boost cadres' morale

Congress seeks Rahul

Rahul_CII_1-11924Lucknow, Jul 31 - Looking for revival in Uttar Pradesh before the 2017 Assembly polls, state Congress has sought party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's time for interaction with the cadres to boost their morale. Since the meetings he had held with party workers before the 2012 state elections, Mr Gandhi’s visits to Uttar Pradesh have been mainly limited to his constituency Amethi except while he was campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls last year. Sources said the state unit has sought time from Mr Gandhi for an interaction with the newly-formed state executive comprising over 500 members along with senior state leaders. The meeting could be in the form of interaction, a workshop or discussion as despite its occasional efforts, the party has failed to get much of public support for its agitations. State president Nirmal Khatri told that they have sought for his visit to boost the morale of workers and set the ground for the upcoming panchayat and Assembly elections. The party was hoping to hold such a meeting by the end of August or early September. Sources, however, said despite several attempts, the party has failed to send the message to its supporters that it is not cosy with the ruling Samajwadi Party and will rather contest the Assembly elections alone. Moreover, in its recent agitations, Congress has not touched the SP government but only targeted NDA and its ministers. "The line to be taken by the party is very confusing. On one side, national general secretary Madhusudan Mistry and Nirmal Khatri ask workers to be aggressive against the state government but when it comes to agitations, the party asks us to target only the NDA," said a senior leader. On the other hand, UP Congress was also interested in contesting the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls in the state on party symbol.

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