In a bid to woo voters in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is planning a 12,000 km-long yatra through villages and towns of the state ahead of the Assembly polls due in the state next year. The announcement in this regard was made by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who will be leading the yatra.
The yatra, which has been christened as ‘Congress Pratigya Yatra: Hum Vachan Nibhayenge’, has been planned during a meeting convened by Priyanka Gandhi with the Congress’ advisory and strategy committee members. “The yatra will cover 12,000 km and will pass through villages and towns of the state. The details of the yatra are being finalised,” the party said in a statement.
Congress leaders during the yatra are expected to assure people of fulfilling the promises proposed by the party in the run-up to the polls. Gandhi is taking feedback and suggestion of committee members on routes and issues that will be taken up during the yatra.
She will later in the day hold a meeting with members of the party’s election committee. Congress Legislature party leader in the assembly Aradhna Mishra Mona, state unit president Ajay Kumar Lallu and senior party leader Promod Tiwari attended the meeting among others.
Gandhi, who is leading the Congress campaign in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, arrived in the state on Thursday to review the party’s poll preparedness.
Congress was reduced to seven seats in the 2017 assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP had clinched 312 seats in the 403-member legislative assembly to form the government for the second consecutive term.
The Congress also lost the Amethi seat in the general elections in 2019, which was once considered a Congress bastion, and BJP’s Smriti Irani emerged victorious from the seat defeating Congress’ Rahul Gandhi. In the past few months, Congress has intensified its attack on the Yogi Adityanath government, especially on its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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