New Delhi: In order to lift the morale of its cadre after the Anna ‘fiasco’, the Congress is all set to give fillip to its election campaign in the six states going to polls next year.

The party has decided to focus back on Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh where it has been out of power for more than two decades.

The Congress is optimistic of making a turnaround in the Assembly polls in Maya’s land after its unexpected performance in the 2009 general elections when it emerged as the second largest party with 21 seats in the state which sends 8o members to the Lok Sabha.

After releasing the first list of 73 party candidates for the upcoming UP Assembly polls, the Congress is likely to hold a meet in the second week of September for giving final touch to the second list.

Party president Sonia Gandhi, who underwent surgery in the US is also expected to be back very soon.
Highly placed sources in the Congress said any further delay in poll preparations would adversely affect the party performance in the Assembly elections.

Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttarakhnd, Goa and Manipur are going to Assembly polls in 2012. The party hopes to form the government in Punjab and Uttarakhand as well as retain the crown in Goa.

The party performance in the UP Assembly polls would decide Congress scion, Rahul Gandhi’s, political fortune in the next Lok Sabha elections.

(JPN/Bureau)