New Delhi: AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi has slammed the party leaders and MPs for lack of enthusiasm and attention in the ongoing campaign in the Bahujan Samaj Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh.

Interacting with the Congressmen at the campaign committee meeting for the 2012 UP polls here on Friday, Rahul Gandhi expressed his anger over their lackadaisical approach and asked them to take the polls seriously.

“When I am in UP things go well, when I return everything falls silent. This is simply not going to work," the Gandhi scion reportedly said at the party meeting, adding, "Its not acceptable. Go and work on grounds.”

Coming down heavily upon leaders, he said in the Uttar Pradesh neither the FDI nor the Lokpal is the poll issues, rather the mood of people is against the BSP-led government, therefore all the leaders should concentrate in defeating the Mayawati government.

Among the senior leaders present in the meeting were Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and several other Union ministers.

According to sources, Gandhi's rebuke soon started showing results by evening on Friday. Sriprakash Jaiswal, Union Coal Minister and Chairman of election campaign in the state rushed into action and asked all the state MPs and Union Ministers to submit their campaign programme within three days before the Gandhi’s visit to Lucknow on December 7.

JPN/Bureau