AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi today asked the leaders and party workers to bury their internal differences and ensure victory of Congress candidates in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections.

The Amethi MP, who is on a two-day tour to his constituency, today held a meeting here with party leaders of three parliamentary constituencies including Amethi, Rae Bareli and Sultanpur.

“Mr. Rahul has asked the leaders and party workers to ensure victory of the party candidates and said internal differences should not hamper the party prospects at any cost,” general secretary of Sultanpur district Congress unit Prem Narain Tiwari said.

The meeting held in phases was attended by MPs, MLAs, former MPs and ex-MLAs, besides panchayat, block and village heads.

“During the three-hour long interaction Mr. Rahul asked the leaders and workers to strengthen the party at grassroot level,” Mr. Tiwari said after the meeting.

Mr. Rahul said the party should win the council elections and there should be no laxity on the part of the party workers, he added.

The Congress leader also inquired about party’s situation at nyaya and village panchayats level.

During the meeting on the first day of his tour, the Congress leader also reviewed the party’s campaign of making at least one active member in a cluster of 50 houses.

“Mr. Rahul said unless a strong team was constituted at the grassroot level, the party cannot be strengthened,” Mr. Tiwari said.

President of Bhitwan block Ramlal said the Congress leader directed to start campaigning for the council elections and extend all possible support to the candidates.

Earlier, Mr. Rahul landed at Fursatganj airport this afternoon and headed straight to Malik Mohammad Jaisi Inter College in Amethi, where he interacted with students and teachers, party sources said.

The Congress leader will also visit villages and review implementation and progress of MNREGS, Education for All, Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme and other centrally-sponsored schemes during his two-day tour, they said.

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