In a bid to make the proposed workers’ meeting of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on July 29 in Lucknow a grand success, the party is planning to collect over 60,000 activists from across UP, at least seven from every block, for which targets have been assigned to all district Congress committee (DCC) presidents. Said to be another brainchild of party’s strategist, Prashant Kishore, the move aims at mobilizing the maximum number of party activists before the elections for a direct contact with Rahul Gandhi and other leaders. The party’s who’s who as well as Priyanka Gandhi are likely to be present at the meeting.
The party will launch its election campaign for the 2017 assembly polls with a massive meeting of party workers at the Ramabai Ambedkar Rally Sthal in Lucknow on July 29. He is also expected to take questions from workers, with the aim to collect grassroots level feedback on the party’s organisational strengths and weaknesses ahead of the 2017 elections. Party workers will have to register themselves in advance in order to interact with Rahul Gandhi.Party’s state vice-president Upendra Singh, who is also the in-charge of Aligarh mandal, said seven activists from each block and each ward have been asked to be present at the meeting. Besides, all prospective candidates have to get at least 15 people with them. According to Singh, each DCC president has been assigned targets block- and ward-wise and a WhatsApp group has been created to monitor confirmations of attendees.
Another state vice-president Pradeep Kansal, who is the in-charge of Agra mandal, said that all 17 mandal in-charges have been assigned targets to achieve. He said all necessary arrangement are being made and the number of activists attending the meeting could cross even the 75,000-mark.
Party sources said all the attendees at the meeting would have to produce their identity cards and the same would be tallied by PK’s team with the names sent earlier by the DCC president in order to ensure that actual workers and not proxies attend the meeting.
Following an interactive session with party workers, Gandhi will accompany the state leaders to the Raj Bhavan where he would hand over a memorandum to governor on the party’s “27 saal UP behaal” theme. The rally grounds, the largest in Lucknow, can accommodate nearly 3 lakh people, and has traditionally been the Bahujan Samaj Party’s choice of ground for its programmes, when the BSP cadres from across the state come together to participate in the party’s functions. Congress, which is believed to have limited organisation strength, has been in the political wilderness in the state for 27 years.
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