Special Correspondent

Several party leaders address rallies

Better participation by party workers in campaign sought

Concern expressed over present state of affairs in State

JAIPUR: The Congress in Rajasthan launched a State-wide “political campaign” on Monday in the Assembly constituencies formed after the delimitation process to garner public support in the run-up to the elections.

The party leaders, including Pradesh Congress Committee president C. P. Joshi and party general secretary Mukul Wasnik, addressed rallies in several parts of the States during the day passing a political resolution against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government in Rajasthan.

Prof. Joshi and Mr. Wasnik addressed a rally in Tonk district’s Niwai area while PCC working president Parasram Mordia attended the rally at Deedwana in Nagaur district along with former Deputy Chief Minister Kamla. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly Hemaram Choudhary was at Pachpadra in Barmer district while the former PCC presidents B. D. Kalla and Narain Singh joined the political rallies held at Bagru (Jaipur) and Datta Ramgarh (Sikar), respectively.

Role of workers

Addressing the meeting in Niwai, Mr. Wasnik sought better participation by the Congress workers in the election campaign process. He underlined the role of the workers in restoring Congress rule in the State. There were clear indications that the public mood was in favour of the Congress and the people were only waiting for a chance to throw out the present Government here, he said.

Mr. Wasnik said the country made tremendous progress during the past four years under the United Progressive Alliance Government.

Booth-level units

He told the party workers to form village and booth- level units to counter the BJP-RSS network.

Speaking about the demand for 33 per cent reservation for women, he said if women came forward on this issue the party could consider even 50-60 per cent reservation to them.

The political resolution, read out at the meetings, expressed concern over the present state of affairs in Rajasthan and said the State’s progress got stunted during the past four and half years of the BJP rule.

Under a “feudal” Chief Minister the State’s democratic system suffered while her “devious ways” to divide society created ill-will among various caste groups and communities, it charged.

‘Hollow promises’

“The BJP’s election promises have been proved hollow,” the resolution said.