Lucknow:Taking lessons from debacle in Bihar assembly polls, the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh is treading cautiously to make a mark in the upcoming state Assembly polls.

Rahul’s mentor and party general secretary Digvijay Singh is said to be directing the whole Congress campaign with the Gandhi scion as a main force to attack rivals in poll-bound UP.

According to sources, Digvijay Singh is not only managing Rahul’s rallies but even overseeing ticket distribution process.
Youths to manage poll booths

Rahul has put all his force behind youth Congress activists to manage poll arrangements and bring the voters to the polling booths.

Rahul also called a meeting of National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists and directed them to manage poll arrangements and bring the voters to the polling booths.

Preference to winning candidates

The party has preffered candidates who have good chances of winning the election. At present the Congress has announced a list of 278 candidates with a large number from other parties. Though this has angered senior party activists the Congress hardly seems to be bothered. The party has also taken care of caste calculus by giving good number of tickets to Muslims, Brahmins, Thakurs among others.

Division in ten zones

The state has been divided in 10 zones to manage the poll affairs. Each zone will have its own office directly linked to Lucknow and the central office in New Delhi. National secretary Avinash Pandey has been appointed as the convenor, while RP Tripathi will manage the party affairs in Lucknow.  The party has also directed local MPs to accompany candidates for poll campaign.

Social engineering process

While the party has inked an alliance with Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for garnering Jat votes, at the same time it has assimilated rebels of the Samajwadi Party, including Qazi Rasheed Masood, who has been given a more prominent role for managing elections.
Eyeing Kurmi votes, the party has given additional responsibilities to Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma.
By giving 4.5 per cent quota to minorities within the OBC, the party has made its intentions clear to woo the minority vote bank. It has also promised quota to most backward castes.

Action against party dissidents

By taking action against more than a dozen party activists and leaders for ticket related dissent, the party has tried to give a clear message to its cadres that indiscipline will not be tolerated at any cost.

JPN/Bureau