“We have come here to form the government in Uttar Pradesh and not just increase the numbers of seats,” said Congress general secretary in-charge of UP, Ghulam Nabi Azad, as he flagged off the two yatras from Lucknow and invoked Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, saying that all three leaders had sacrificed their lives for the unity of the society.
“The Congress party’s biggest strength before and after Independence has been to take everyone along. Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, Ambedkar, all worked together to build this country… However, today governments are being formed by dividing the society. But the Congress will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh with the message of unity,” said Azad.
“The country will not forgive these parties for creating a divide in the society. Some divided the society in the name of religion, other in the name of caste to form government. Differences have been created between brothers, between localities. We will form the next government by uniting them all,” said the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
Slamming the BJP, BSP and the ruling Samajwadi Party, Azad said that each of the three parties has been in power in the state in the past 27 years, “but in return they have given only lawlessness, corruption and nepotism to people”.
There is one political party, which does not know that how many chief ministers it has, and there is another where people do not know anyone else apart from their chief ministerial face, Azad said, targeting Samajwadi Party and BSP, respectively.
While one yatra is being led by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and Pramod Tiwari, the other yatra is being led by party’s CM face Shiela Dikshit and Sanjay Sinh. Both the yatras will end on October 9.