PK to hold talks with Congress leaders of six divisions of UP from tomorrow


 Lucknow : Against the backdrop of defeat of the Congress in four states assembly polls and humiliating performance in the two assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, poll strategist Prashant Kishor will be meeting the Congress leaders of six divisions of UP here from tomorrow to seek their suggestions and get the first hand information about the party's fortune in the 2017 assembly polls. Prashant Kishor, known as PK, has been engaged by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to revive the party in UP before the assembly polls. Though, PK had no role in selection of candidates for the UP bypolls, but the performance and the results of Bilari in Moradabad-Sambal districts and Jangipur in Ghazipur district would be the main issue for discussions at the meeting which will continue till May 24. A senior Congress leader said, PK was trying all his effort to rejuvenate the party at the ground level but such performance in the assembly bypolls is a spoilsport and disheartening for the rank and file. "The bypolls results would certainly be raised by some leaders as Bilari the by-election assembly segments fall in the Moradabad division, whose leaders have been called for the three days meet with PK," the leader said. Already PK and his team members have faced opposition in different parts of the state due to growing groupism in the party besides in several cities like Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow where the party workers and leaders have demanded projecting Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the CM candidate for UP polls. However, another report was also circulated that PK has suggested the Congress leadership to project Rahul Gandhi as the CM candidate of UP but it was contradicted by the party later on. During the meet Kishor will hold discussions with leaders and workers of districts under Azamgarh, Mirzapur, Jhansi, Saharanpur, Devi Patan and Moradabad divisions. UPCC president Nirmal Khatri, AICC secretary incharge, leader of the party in both houses of legislature and other leaders will attend the meetings. Earlier, Prashant had held meeting with the district party leaders falling under Varanasi, Allahabad and Gorakhpur divisions in Lucknow on May 11,12 and 13 last. Meanwhile, the team members of PK were touring different parts of the state since May 8 to seek suggestion from the ground level workers. The visit will continue till tomorrow. During these tours, the team stayed in each district for two days and interacted with office bearers of the district Congress committees, leaders of frontal organisations, blocks, cells and divisions.

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