‘Coordination and unity hold key to success of the party in the next elections’

AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress party can repeat its success story of the 2004 elections in Andhra Pradesh and wanted party leaders to ensure coordination and take all sections along.

“Most important is infusing confidence among the party rank and file by explaining them the achievements of the government so that they can take it to the people, in turn. Otherwise, we can’t succeed,” the AICC leader said at the State-level broad-based convention of the Congress held here on Sunday.

Leaders cautioned

He cautioned the party leaders against over dependence on individuals and suggested that they take the UPA government’s schemes to people and highlight the benefits being enjoyed by them. Coordination and unity would hold key for the success of the party in the next elections, he noted.

If that was done, no force in the world could stop Congress from returning to power in 2014 for the third time in a row, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad asserted.

“It’s long we had this kind of meeting in the State, but for the next one year we will have no closed-door meetings and such events will be organised in every district,” he said.

The AICC leader, who is in-charge of the party affairs in AP, spent more than half-an-hour explaining various schemes including MGNREGS, PMGSY, NRHM and others taken up by the UPA government.

Centre’s schemes

On the 108 and 104 health service schemes, the Union Health Minister made it clear that it was not the brainchild of late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy but an idea mooted by the Centre.

Listing out various health schemes initiated by the Centre, he said that 20 crore schoolchildren would be screened from next year. It was also planned to provide free medicines to the poor in all government hospitals.