Lucknow: In a bid to woo OBC-Muslims in central Uttar Pradesh region which is primarily the bastion of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will kick start his second round of five-day tour in the state beginning from Tuesday.

The Congress leader will visit as many as 19 assembly constituencies eyeing at OBC-Muslim votes in his second UP tour after taking on Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and Chief Minister Mayawati in the first round of his election campaign.

Leaving no opportunity in attacking Yadav and reaching out to the mass in his stronghold constituencies, Gandhi will also assess the performance and preparedness of the party ahead the assembly elections in 2012.   Out of these 19 constituencies, the Congress has so far announced its candidates for 17 seats.

Sources said, signs of resentment are also emerging among party leaders after the names of candidates were announced. In such a condition maintaining unity within the party and accelerating the pace of election campaign will be the foremost challenges for the leader during the tour.

Rahul will start his tour from Gunnaur in Bhimnagar district and over the next four days, he will travel to Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Farukkhabad, Kannauj and Auraiya districts. His tour would conclude at Akbarpur in Kanpur district on December 17

JPN/Bureau