Not an alliance, Congress will contest all seats in UP: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Ms Vadra was addressing the party’s ‘Pratigya Sammelan – Lakshya 2022’ in Bulandshahr.

Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh:

Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said that the Congress will not forge an alliance with any other party for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Ms Vadra said the party will contest all 403 seats in the state alone, of which 40 per cent will be given to women.

Addressing the Congress party’s ‘Pratigya Sammelan-Lakshya 2022’ in Bulandshahr, West UP, he also said that only Congress workers will contest the elections on party tickets. “We will nominate only Congress workers for all seats. If Congress has to win, it will win on its own,” he said.

Dismissing speculations of back-channel talks with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP), the 49-year-old leader said his party was fighting alone in the state. “Whether it is COVID-19 or any other crisis, Congress workers came to the rescue of the people. Did SP or BSP fight for Unnao, Lakhimpur or Hathras? But we did!” he said.

Emphasizing that the electoral contest can be won only by strengthening the party at the booth level, he called upon the Congress workers to strengthen the booth committees. He asked the party workers to be active on social media and post all the activities of the party on various social networking platforms.

Taking a jibe at the ruling BJP, he said the saffron party has no respect for the freedom movement as its leaders did not shed blood and sweat for the country’s independence, adding that only leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Huh. And BR Ambedkar had envisioned independence for the country.

The Congress had won just 7 out of 403 assembly seats in the state in the last assembly elections. Recently, Rahul Gandhi lost his Amethi seat to BJP’s Smriti Irani in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Ms Vadra has been actively campaigning to revive the party’s fortunes in the state. She has been making headlines for advocating for women, farmers and religious minorities. “I want to tell women that I will fight for them, Congress party will fight for them,” she had said in the Gorakhpur bastion of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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