Amethi: On his first visit to his Parliamentary constituency after his party’s rout in the recently concluded assembly elections in UP, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday reviewed the party's debacle asking party workers to concentrate on the 2014 general elections.

 Congress faced defeat even in the areas considered as its strongholds like Rae Bareli and Amethi which are represented by Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi respectively in the Lok Sabha. Rahul asked workers to be prepared for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while promising them to do whatever possible for further strengthening the organisation.

Holding a closed door meeting to review the performance in Tiloi vidhan sabha segment with workers in Samrauta area for over three hours, he also sought to keep the workers in good spirits saying that all their problems would be resolved and they would get due respect.

The workers who attended the meeting said on condition of anonymity that they have been asked to move out to villages and apprise the common people about the welfare schemes of the central government.

 Gandhi also asked them to continue the struggle for strengthening the party.

 When the workers drew his attention to the problems related to water and power, he said that they are state subjects and he had strived hard for having a Congress government in the state for addressing them but that could not happen.

 On their part the workers told their leader that their applications were being thrown into the dustbin and that `dalals' (brokers) were ruling the roost in the party and workers were not being heard.

 According to the workers, unlike earlier occasions the Congress general secretary appeared to be in a serious mood and there is likelihood of some sweeping changes at the organisational level.

He would continue with the review meeting in Salon area later in the day.

On Tuesday Gandhi is scheduled to meet Amethi constituency workers at Munshiganj guest house and workers of Gauriganj at Rajiv Gandhi Science College. On the last day of his visit on May 2, he would review the party's performance with Jagdishpur constituency workers.

JPN/Agencies