For the first time in his 14-year political career, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi embarks on an ambitious door-to-door campaign covering 2500 km from Deoria in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi as part of his month-long kisan yatra.
As UP gets ready for the Assembly election early next year, several parties are preparing their strategies to woo the voters. Rahul is trying to take a lead offering farm loan waivers and power tariff cut if the Congress gets voted to power in the state.
During the yatra which will conclude in Delhi on October 2, Congress workers would visit nearly 25,000 homes, housing nearly 2 crore people, with a form. The party workers would ask farmers to provide details of their outstanding debt along with address and contact details. The latter would also be provided with a counterfoil which will be like a receipt, The Indian Express (IE) reported.
The party would also ask the farmers to give a missed call on a number so that a database of could be created. The Congress leaders want to drive home the point that the UPA-I government had waived Rs 50,000 crore farm loans when it was in power, IE said.
The Congress is desperate to return to power in the state after 27 years. For this, the party has taken a number of initiatives like roping in poll strategist Prashant Kishore and announcing former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the CM candidate for UP polls. However, it is in for a quadrangular contest, facing equally strong opponents like BJP, BSP and the ruling Samajwadi Party. Congress, however, can get an edge over others because of its early initiatives.