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Why Rahul would like to tweak memories

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, during his recent trip to Uttar Pradesh, gave a new gurumantra to Congress workers — to ‘forget the past and move on’ — in order to prepare for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing party workers in his home-turf Amethi, Rahul Gandhi advised them to shun factionalism and gear up for 2014.

Rahul Gandhi, who is also in-charge of the central campaign committee for Lok Sabha polls, asked his party workers to fan out at the grassroot level and tell the masses about the work done by UPA government for the welfare of the people through various schemes.

‘Jo guzar gaya, usey bhool jayiye aur nayi taqat se 2014 ke liye maidan mein utar aaiye
. (Forget the past and descend on the field with new strength for 2014),’ Rahul Gandhi has been telling his fellow party cadres.

Rahul also said that the party workers should inform the general masses that law and order, power crisis and development of roads were the three key areas, which were (mis)managed by the other party (read Samajwadi Party). The AICC general secretary, who was responsible for setting up zonal heads in UP, has been saying to his party workers to strengthen the organisation at the grassroot level. Since Rahul picked up the non-controversial Nirmal Khatri MP from Faizabad as new UPCC president, party workers have been giving full support to UPCC.

Nirmal Khatri has also been moving all over the state and asking party workers to fortify the party organisation from booth level to district headquarters.

At a time when Samajwadi Party and BSP are far ahead in declaration of candidates, Congress Party is still in the process of identifying suitable candidates.

The work of identifying task areas has also been left to zonal heads and tier teams who are working overtime in bolstering the party set up at the village level.

Besides these zonal heads, party high command has also sent observers from AICC to different Lok Sabha constituencies, who are in touch with the local leaders to identify the suitable candidates.

Veteran Congress leader Kranti Kumar feels that the party should declare the candidates at the earliest so that they could have plenty of time to meet the voters and create an atmosphere that will lead them to their victory.

Senior Congress leader and former minister Satyadeo Tripathi said that zonal heads were busy buttressing the party organisation in their areas from village level to district headquarters.

Tripathi is quite optimistic that the experiment by Rahul Gandhi, to divide UP into various zones, would pay rich dividends in Lok Sabha polls and help in strengthening the organisation.

Congress spokesman Amarnath also said that Congress would get good number of seats due to various welfare schemes of UPA government. And the recent move to transfer the subsidy amount directly to the bank account of the beneficiary, and the victory over FDI will also help Congress win in a big way, he opined.

Majority of party workers want that Priyanka Gandhi should also play an active role in the campaigning this time and she should, furthermore, move on to other constituencies besides Amethi and Rae Bareili. (IPA)
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