In a bid to regain its lost momentum after a massive fall-out in the Assembly elections, Congress is now experimenting with ideas to make a possible comeback in the upcoming local body polls in Uttar Pradesh. Taking the process forward, the party had called a meeting of 13 select state leaders, who are mostly young faces, in New Delhi on May 9 to discuss the road ahead.
As per an Indian Express report, the meeting was limited to very few people and was chaired by AICC General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad. The reason behind keeping this meeting limited to a few was to prepare a second and third line of leadership in the party, informed a source. Currently, many leaders in the state have become inactive in state politics as they all eyes on Delhi, the source told Indian Express.
The party now plans to assign special responsibilities to these select leader at the divisional-level in Uttar Pradesh. The report also stated that the party has asked the leaders to campaign in their respective areas and also work in sync with local party units. The idea is not only to select potential candidates, but also give momentum to the campaign.
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Speaking about the same with Indian Express, a senior party leader said, “Municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh, expected in June or July, are very crucial for us. There is a section which believes that changes should be made now, while another believes that changes should be made after local body elections because a new team would not be able to take control so fast.”
Congress has recently decided to contest the UP civic polls along, despite forming an alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP). As per the report, out of the 13 leaders who were invited for the meeting, 12 were in attendance while MLA Akhilesh Singh did not come. Among the attendees, besides state party president Raj Babbar, were former MP from Varanasi, Rajesh Mishra, former MP Vivek Bansal, former MLA from Muzaffarnagar Pankaj Mallik, Vinod Chaturvedi and sitting MLA from Rampur Khas Aradhna Mishra.