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Priyanka Gandhi meets Uttar Pradesh Congress leaders over Assembly polls

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday had a brainstorming session with senior leaders from the State regarding party’s political strategy for next year’s Assembly polls.

The virtual meeting of the Congress’ advisory council for the State decided that party workers would hit the streets against the Yogi Adityanath-led government over issues such as price rise, unemployment and law and order. While the new population policy of the Adityanath government was discussed in the meeting, the Congress has decided to wait for the final version.

With U.P. Assembly elections due in less than a year, the Congress is keen to visibly scale up its political activities to compensate for a weak organisational structure on the ground. Some party leaders also suggested that Ms Vadra shift her base to Lucknow to take on the BJP government.

The leaders of the advisory council are learnt to have discussed rising prices, the corona virus situation, the recently held panchayat elections in the State and organizational training camps, a source said.

“People are troubled by soaring inflation with prices of petrol, diesel, mustard oil, fruits and vegetables are sky high,” Ms. Vadra told her colleagues and added that “though input costs of farmers had doubled, their incomes had come down”.

The Congress general secretary for U.P. also raised the issue of violence during the panchayat polls and accused the ruling BJP workers of indulging in stone-pelting and firing.

Other leaders too targeted the Yogi Adityanath regime and claimed that it had failed on all fronts — be it price rise, unemployment or what they called the prevalence of “jungle raj” in terms of law and order.

Among those who were present included Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, senior party leaders Salman Khurshid, Rajiv Shukla, Pramod Mathur, Rashid Alvi and Pramod Tiwari among others.

Ms Vadra’s meeting with her U.P. colleagues also comes a day after she met Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who is expected to play a key role in organizational revamp, booth management as well as campaign strategy.

With both the major regional players — the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party — ruling out the possibility of forging any grand alliance, the Congress may have to go alone.

“In the Hindi heartland States like U.P., Bihar, the Congress should take up people’s issues throughout the year. That is what will revive the party in these States eventually,”AICC member Kishore Kumar Jha said.

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