New Delhi: Resorting to an aggressive strategy for Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly elections scheduled in 2012, Congress bigwigs have decided to take the mantle in their hands. The next few weeks are all set to witness the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress head honcho Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to UP. Congress is likely to announce the first list of 150 candidates for state elections in May.

According to sources, Prime Minister will speak about the policies of UPA and Congress during a public rally to be held at Banda on April 30. Whereas, Sonia and Rahul will target the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government and other political parties during the two-day party seminar-cum-public rally starting from May 20 at Varanasi.

On the first day, Rahul will address party workers, and Sonia will participate in a public rally on May 21. Sources maintained that the two-day party programme has already received Rahul’s consent.

In the initial phase of the poll campaign, Congress has given nod to four party rallies in the state. A public meeting has already been convened in the Basti district.

The PM is expected to attend the second rally at Banda on Saturday. The other two rallies will be organized at Sitapur and Saharanpur. Party members firmly believe that the declaration of candidates during party rallies will boost their moral.

Sources claimed that Congress think-tank has not only mobilized the senior leaders of UP but has also passed clear instructions to Union Ministers to participate in the election campaign.

Rahul spoke to hospitalized Union Minister of State for Steel (Independent Charge) Beni Prasad Verma over the phone and discussed issues related to state politics. Due to poor health, Verma is presently hospitalized in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

JPN/Bureau