Lucknow: Eager to make its comeback to power in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress has placed its political motives ahead of the party members and their political ambitions. Carrying forward its pro-dalit policy, the party has incorporated Muslims, Thakurs and backward castes in its second list of the Assembly candidates and has sidelined its trustworthy leaders for turncoats who till few weeks back were loyal to other political parties.

The restlessness is clearly visible among the party members with 25 percent of the election tickets allotted to the outsiders. The first list of 73 candidates followed by the second list which released on Thursday boasts of Congress’ love for the dalits.

Out of 62 candidates in its second list, 20 are from the dalit community. Moreover, the party has fielded scheduled caste candidates on three general seats as by representing the Banjara and Mallah castes, the party is trying its best to reclaim its vote bank.

Not leaving the Muslim community behind, the first list included 9 Muslims while the second list covers 10 Muslims. A sikh has also been fielded in the minority quota. Attending to Muslims, dalits and backward castes, the party is also leaning towards Rajputs for the upcoming Assembly elections. The party has tried to woo the Rajput vote bank miffed and disappointed with the BSP government by giving them 9 seats in the first list and 11 seats in the second list.

The intentions of the Congress are clear as be it BJP MLA Sukhlal, three times BJP MP Raj Narayan Paswan or BSP’s Virendra Chaudhary, the party has preferred to field turncoats overlooking its own loyal members.

Besides, the Congress kitty has been full of surprises as it has given an extra value to Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, while the candidates belonging to the camp of state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi have been marginalized.

Meanwhile, the party has not disturbed its western UP seats to preserve the options of having a coalition with the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The meeting of 135 named party candidates will be held in Lucknow on October 16 in which state in-charge Digvijay Singh will share winning tactics to conquer the 2012 UP elections.

Second list caste stastistics


Dalit – 20, Thakur – 11, Muslim – 10, Kurmi – 5, Yadav – 3, Nishaad – 2, Banjara – 2, Sikh – 1, Brahmin – 2, Bhumihar – 2, Vaishya - 2

(JPN/Bureau)