Congress will contest UP elections under Priyanka Gandhi’s ‘monitoring’: State Party President Ajay Lallu India News – Times of India

New Delhi: A few days later Samajwadi Party And this Bahujan Samaj Party Refusing to form any major alliance for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, state Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Sunday expressed confidence that his party will fight the polls on its own without forging an alliance with either of them. Has the potential to form the next government.
He also said that the Congress will contest the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s “supervision”, and under his leadership, the party will return to the state after more than three decades.
In an interview with PTI, Lallu said the Congress has emerged as the main challenger to the “oppressive” UP government and claimed that his party with just five MLAs has proved to be a more effective opposition than the Samajwadi Party (SP). , which has 49. MLA in 403-member assembly.
He said a “wind of change” was blowing in the state and said, “Badlawan ki aandhi hai, jiska naam priyanka gandhi hai (The storm of change is and its name is Priyanka Gandhi).
The UP Congress chief said that the Congress organization has been strengthened at various levels in the state under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi.
Asked whether Priyanka Gandhi should be made the party’s chief ministerial face for the UP elections, Lallu said it is the party’s national leadership that will decide who should be the chief minister’s face.
Asked if Priyanka Gandhi would be the face of the party ahead of the elections, Lallu said she is in-charge of the state and the election will be fought under her supervision.
“The people of Uttar Pradesh are looking at the Congress with hope. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the workers and the Congress government will be formed in UP under her (Priyanka Gandhi) leadership,” he said.
His remarks come at a time when the party is gearing up for the assembly polls and the state unit has organized region-wise training camps for block presidents, district presidents and other office bearers to prepare the workers for the elections.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi is likely to visit several districts this month with an aim to energize the cadre and prepare the party for an electoral battle with the ruling BJP.
Whether the party will contest the elections alone or in alliance with the SP or the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Lallu said the Congress will align with the issues of the people, farmers, poor, women and the oppressed.
He said the Congress would go to the people with this alliance and he was confident that they would bless it.
Asked whether the Congress has the capability to contest the elections on its own, Lallu said, “Yes, of course it has the potential to fight.”
Her remarks assume significance as they come days after the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav He said his party would not enter into any alliance with big parties, while BSP supremo Mayawati later said that her outfit would not enter into any alliance for the UP elections.
Asked whether votes can be divided if SP, BSP and Congress contest separately, Lallu said people have given opportunity to all other political players in the state, but they did not live up to the trust shown by the people. Could get down Now it was the turn of Congress.
Regarding the statements of SP and BSP leaders on elections, he said that it shows despair and despair as people have rejected them and are standing with Congress.
On the Congress not being considered by many political pundits as the main challenger to the BJP in UP and the party’s poor performance in the panchayat elections, he alleged that an “oppressive” BJP government was in power and asked if any party was raising its voice against it. . Yogi Adityanath On the streets, it is the Congress that has emerged as a “strong opposition”.
“Be it for the farmers, youth or the poor in rural areas, Congress raised its voice on issues like unemployment, law and order situation, saving lives during the covid pandemic, deaths due to spurious liquor, jungle raj and other problems is.” he said.
When tribals were killed in Sonbhadra, when the daughter of Hathras was wronged, when the daughters of Unnao and Shahjahanpur were wronged, Priyanka Gandhi raised her voice and fought against injustice. When it came to taking to the streets to protest against the agricultural laws. , it was Priyanka Gandhi who did it,” Lallu said.
Stating that Congress workers have taken the fight against the state government to the streets, he claimed that there were over 1 lakh party workers and cases were registered against thousands of them at different times.
“I myself was detained more than 80 times in a year, more than 40-50 cases were registered and I went to jail four times,” Lallu said.
Talking about the performance of the Congress in the panchayat polls, Lallu said that out of the party-backed candidates, 271 were elected, 571 came second and 711 came third.
He said the Congress got 50 lakh votes in the Lok Sabha elections and 51 lakh votes in the assembly polls, but got 1,52,00,000 votes in the district panchayat polls, alleging that the SP only “grabbed the headlines”. They are putting their names on the winning candidates even after losing.
“There is despair and despair in the BJP and the SP, the Congress is going to make a comeback in UP under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi with its determination. We have full faith in the people,” he said, asserting that the Congress is the main challenger to the BJP. was. Election.
Pointing out that the party has been strengthened at various levels under Priyanka Gandhi, Lallu said there was an efficient organization with the appointment of district committees, block presidents and setting up of nyaya panchayats and gram sabha units.
“We have 840 block presidents, 8,145 Nyaya Panchayat presidents and we have gram sabha units in 59,000 villages. We are strengthening booths, training programs are underway. In the light of these developments and on the basis of raising people’s issues But, we will definitely make a comeback in UP,” he said.
Describing the three agriculture laws as a big issue in the state, Lallu said Congress stood against the laws and farmers would support the party.


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