After a disappointing performance in Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections last month despite forming an alliance with Samajwadi Party, Congress leaders have urged the party to go solo in the upcoming state civic polls according to a report by The Indian Express. The report states that many leaders urged the party leadership to contest the local bodies elections in the state alone in a meeting on Saturday. The post-poll review was also attended by the AICC General Secretary of UP, Ghulam Nabi Azad where the losing candidates demanded strong action against those who indulged in indiscipline during the elections.
“Most of us want strict action, even expulsion, of those leaders who had indulged in indiscipline either by contesting against the wish of the party or sabotaging the party candidate… Leaders spoke about similar action taken by ally SP… it had expelled those who did not withdraw their candidature despite the party asking them to do so,” a senior leader was quoted as saying in the report.
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The report quoted sources who said senior leaders have assured that candidates’ feelings will be conveyed to the party high command but at the same time have also asked them top be cautious and not get divided as it will help BJP in the local bodies elections. “The main topic of discussion in today’s meeting was whether the party should contest the upcoming local bodies elections on its own or in an alliance. The leaders were unanimous that we should contest alone. Now, the party leadership will issue detailed guidelines on how to go about it,” said Congress spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi.
The pre-poll alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party managed to win only 54 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Independently, Congress won only 7 seats which were even less than 9 seats won by Apna Dal. After finishing at third spot in the MCD polls, the party is now eyeing UP civic polls to change its fortunes.