New Delhi: With an eye on the 2012 Uttar Pradesh state elections, the Congress is chalking out a different strategy to connect with the electorates in a better way. Breaking away from the party history, Congress is planning its election campaign in a way that would ensure that the party works as a team during the campaign trail.

The party has decided to form the UP election campaign committee that would be headed by state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Janardhan Dwiwedi would just be a member of the committee. This is for the first time in the history of Congress since the time of Nehru that a member of the Gandhi family would be a part of a state committee in the capacity of a member.

The party also intends to bridge the gap between the Central and state level leaders by promoting intra-democracy.

This is not the first time that Rahul Gandhi has broken party precedent, but by including himself in the committee as a member he has sent clear signals that leaders need to check their bloated egos at bay.

Observers say that by including media cell Chairman Janardan Dwivedi in the election campaign committee, he has tried to give signals to the leaders who enjoy support of UP in-charge Digvijaya Singh that lobbying has to take the back seat.

According to sources, all the union ministers from the state will be members of the committee. Besides Janardan Dwivedi and Rahul Gandhi, the list would include Ramnaresh Yadav, Jagdambika Pal and Pramod Tiwari. Union Ministers including Sriprakash Jaiswal, Salman Khurshid, Beni Prasad Verma, Jitin Prasad, RPN Singh and Pradeep Jain Aditya will also be a part of this committee.

Sources also revealed that after the Congress convention in Varanasi the committee will meet again to discuss future strategies.

JPN/Bureau