New Delhi: Though the Congress has bucked up efforts to put its best foot forward in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, it is also leaving no stone unturned to win political battle in Uttarakhand.

The seriousness of the Congress for ‘Mission Uttarakhand’ is clearly visible with Sonia Gandhi gearing up to address a rally in the hill state after recovering from her surgery. Meanwhile, party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is also taking utmost interest in every issue that comes up in Uttarakhand.

According to sources, the party high command is being extremely cautious in not allowing the differences existing among its leaders in the state from playing a spoilsport in encashing the opportunity of targeting the BJP’s factional feud in the state.

Moreover, the party has decided to constitute the election campaign committee after the notification of polls while the candidates will also be announced just before the elections to check any conflict and hullabalo among the members.

It may be noted here that the party constituted the UP Election Campaign Committee much before the polls in Uttar Pradesh, and declared the names of as many as 165 candidates even though Uttarakhand is set to go for polls before Uttar Pradesh.

Although Congress appears to be quite confident as far as political prospects in Uttarakhand are concerned, it is trying hard to avoid the problem of groupism. Keeping that aspect in consideration, the Congress is yet to constitute the election campaign committee. It has decided not to declare the name of candidates and formation of committees till the notification of elections.

However, the party will make sincere efforts to project Congress as a united force in the state and to create an atmosphere in its favour.

Exhorting the leaders from Uttarakhand on Monday, Sonia Gandhi has expressed her desire to go to Rishikesh on November 6 to unveil the foundation stone of the Karn Prayag railway line.

This would be her first visit after her return from London. The function would be an opportunity to bring the state Congress leaders on a single platform and to show their strength of unity before the party high command.

JPN/Bureau