Nearly ruling out an alliance with the SP and BSP for the Uttar Pradesh meeting polls, Congress’ state unit chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Sunday mentioned his get together will forge alliances solely with small events and can ”not even take into consideration” becoming a member of fingers with the massive ones for the elections. He additionally mentioned the governments of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Celebration (BSP) and Samajwadi Celebration (SP) which have dominated Uttar Pradesh within the final 32 years, when Congress was not in energy, did not dwell as much as the expectations of the folks and the Congress was set for a comeback within the state.
In an interview with PTI, Lallu mentioned that within the eyes of the folks of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is the primary challenger to the BJP within the polls subsequent yr and expressed confidence that the get together would win the elections beneath the management of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and kind the following authorities. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president mentioned the get together will battle the polls beneath the ”supervision” of Priyanka Gandhi as she is the final secretary in-charge of the state and a name on the problem of chief ministerial face will probably be taken by the nationwide management.
Requested in regards to the Congress’ stand on alliances for the UP polls and if there was nonetheless a chance of a tie-up with the SP and BSP, Lallu mentioned, ”The Congress’ stand on alliances is evident, we’ll forge alliances solely with small events. We is not going to even take into consideration aligning once more with massive events.” Pointing to the response of SP and BSP to a Congress booklet that talked about misrule beneath the non-Congress governments within the final 32 years, he mentioned it’s clear that ”we’ll align with small events” on the problems of the poor, farmers, youth and ladies’s safety. ”We’re shifting ahead as a robust opposition power and beneath the management of Priyanka Gandhi we’ll win the polls, and kind the federal government in 2022,” Lallu mentioned, including that he was in contact with small events on alliances however couldn’t speak in regards to the particulars now. Each the SP and BSP have additionally dominated out tying up with the Congress, with SP’s Akhilesh Yadav saying the get together will forge alliances solely with small events and Mayawati asserting that BSP would go solo within the polls.
Lallu claimed that SP as the primary challenger to the BJP for the 2022 polls was a media creation and it was the Congress that was standing resolutely on the bottom to tackle the BJP. Citing the examples of the Congress’ ’BJP Gaddi Chhorho’ marketing campaign and get together leaders spending three days in gram panchayats and wards to carry a direct dialogue with about 90 lakh folks final month, Lallu mentioned just one get together is focussed on coaching its cadre and consistently struggling on the bottom and that’s the Congress.
”I say with full confidence that while you have a look at the energy, organisation and battle, it’s clear that Congress is the voice of farmers, youth, labourers, for girls’s safety and of the village poor,” he asserted. Claiming that there’s anger in opposition to the BJP over points akin to worth rise, unemployment, farmers’ ”plight”, poverty, reservation, ”homicide of democracy”, Lallu mentioned he believes that this anger will present itself within the polls and customary folks had been standing with the Congress. There’s a sturdy undercurrent in favour of the Congress which will probably be seen within the elections, he mentioned.
Requested in regards to the demand of caste census by many Opposition events and the Congress’ stance on it, Lallu mentioned his get together’s stand is evident and it’s in favour of a caste-based census. Beforehand additionally, beneath the UPA rule, the Congress had obtained it accomplished and when the BJP got here to energy, they stopped the publishing of the caste information, he alleged. The BJP doesn’t need a caste census however the Congress believes it ought to be accomplished, he mentioned.
Lallu additionally asserted that the BJP’s alleged crackdown on farmers as was seen in Haryana not too long ago and the ”three black farm legal guidelines” may also be a significant situation within the upcoming polls and folks will stand by the farmers. ”Beneath Priyanka Gandhi’s management there have been varied rallies in numerous components of the state the place these points had been raised. When Rakesh Tikait was attacked, she despatched me and we’ve been strongly standing in help of the farmers,” Lallu mentioned.
”The three black legal guidelines had been first opposed by Rahul Gandhi and the Congress has raised the problem each inside and out of doors Parliament,” he mentioned. Lallu alleged that the latest incidents of mob violence and hate had been orchestrated by the BJP because it was ”determined and dissatisfied”.
The BJP has misplaced the boldness of the folks and so they wish to divert folks from actual points by elevating the Hindu-Muslim bogey, he alleged. ”However the folks of UP know that this election will probably be about points akin to farmers’ plight, well being system, ladies’s security and corruption,” Lallu mentioned.
The Congress received simply seven seats whereas its alliance associate SP bagged 47 seats within the 403-member meeting within the 2017 meeting polls. The BJP received a thumping mandate with 312 seats and the BSP bagged 19 seats.
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