Lucknow: While Congress has ruled out the possibilities of an alliance with any major political parties for the forthcoming 2012 assembly elections at Uttar Pradesh, it may stuck along with smaller regional parties.

The Congress is expected to start the process to declare party candidate from this month, and chalk out their strategy for the UP polls. Under the campaign against the BSP led state government, Congress will lay thrust on their poll policies which prominently includes issues like land acquisition, corruption and law and order situation in the state.

A meeting of State Congress Election Committee chaired by party’s General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was held at Lucknow recently.
Gandhi said “The Congress will continue its Mission-2012. We want to work in the state for a long time.” He added, “We have to eradicate corruption, mismanagement and anarchy from state. For this the Congressmen will have to fight united. There will be no bias approach in the selection of party candidates. The preference will be given to the Backward Class, Minority and youths in the assembly election.”

The committee members unanimously demanded that no alliance should be made with either Samajwadi Party (SP) or Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Gandhi gave his nod to the request of party members.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, party in-charge of UP Digvijay Singh said a two days meeting is slated in the third week of June in which the selection of candidates will be considered. The proposals of state committee and district committee will also be taken seriously, he added.

Putting a question mark over the state government’s land acquisition policy, he said farmers will not benefit from it. Congress leaders claimed that they will expose the corruption in BSP tenure before the people.

JPN/Bureau