Just about ruling out an alliance with the SP and BSP for the Uttar Pradesh meeting polls, Congress’ state unit chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Sunday stated his celebration will forge alliances solely with small events and can ”not even take into consideration” becoming a member of palms with the massive ones for the elections. He additionally stated the governments of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Celebration (BSP) and Samajwadi Celebration (SP) which have dominated Uttar Pradesh within the final 32 years, when Congress was not in energy, did not reside as much as the expectations of the folks and the Congress was set for a comeback within the state.
In an interview with PTI, Lallu stated that within the eyes of the folks of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is the primary challenger to the BJP within the polls subsequent 12 months and expressed confidence that the celebration would win the elections below the management of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and kind the following authorities. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president stated the celebration will combat the polls below the ”supervision” of Priyanka Gandhi as she is the final secretary in-charge of the state and a name on the problem of chief ministerial face might be taken by the nationwide management.
Requested in regards to the Congress’ stand on alliances for the UP polls and if there was nonetheless a risk of a tie-up with the SP and BSP, Lallu stated, ”The Congress’ stand on alliances is obvious, we’ll forge alliances solely with small events. We is not going to even take into consideration aligning once more with large events.” Pointing to the response of SP and BSP to a Congress booklet that talked about misrule below the non-Congress governments within the final 32 years, he stated it’s clear that ”we’ll align with small events” on the problems of the poor, farmers, youth and ladies’s safety. ”We’re transferring ahead as a robust opposition pressure and below the management of Priyanka Gandhi we’ll win the polls, and kind the federal government in 2022,” Lallu stated, including that he was in contact with small events on alliances however couldn’t speak in regards to the particulars now. Each the SP and BSP have additionally dominated out tying up with the Congress, with SP’s Akhilesh Yadav saying the celebration will forge alliances solely with small events and Mayawati asserting that BSP would go solo within the polls.
Lallu claimed that SP as the primary challenger to the BJP for the 2022 polls was a media creation and it was the Congress that was standing resolutely on the bottom to tackle the BJP. Citing the examples of the Congress’ ’BJP Gaddi Chhorho’ marketing campaign and celebration leaders spending three days in gram panchayats and wards to carry a direct dialogue with about 90 lakh folks final month, Lallu stated just one celebration is focussed on coaching its cadre and always struggling on the bottom and that’s the Congress.
”I say with full confidence that once you have a look at the power, organisation and wrestle, it’s clear that Congress is the voice of farmers, youth, labourers, for girls’s safety and of the village poor,” he asserted. Claiming that there’s anger in opposition to the BJP over points similar to worth rise, unemployment, farmers’ ”plight”, poverty, reservation, ”homicide of democracy”, Lallu stated he believes that this anger will present itself within the polls and customary folks have been standing with the Congress. There’s a robust undercurrent in favour of the Congress which might be seen within the elections, he stated.
Requested in regards to the demand of caste census by many Opposition events and the Congress’ stance on it, Lallu stated his celebration’s stand is obvious and it’s in favour of a caste-based census. Beforehand additionally, below the UPA rule, the Congress had received it executed and when the BJP got here to energy, they stopped the publishing of the caste knowledge, he alleged. The BJP doesn’t desire a caste census however the Congress believes it ought to be executed, he stated.
Lallu additionally asserted that the BJP’s alleged crackdown on farmers as was seen in Haryana not too long ago and the ”three black farm legal guidelines” will even be a serious subject within the upcoming polls and other people will stand by the farmers. ”Beneath Priyanka Gandhi’s management there have been numerous rallies in numerous elements of the state the place these points have been raised. When Rakesh Tikait was attacked, she despatched me and we’ve got been strongly standing in help of the farmers,” Lallu stated.
”The three black legal guidelines have been first opposed by Rahul Gandhi and the Congress has raised the problem each inside and out of doors Parliament,” he stated. Lallu alleged that the current incidents of mob violence and hate had been orchestrated by the BJP because it was ”determined and disenchanted”.
The BJP has misplaced the arrogance of the folks and so they wish to divert folks from actual points by elevating the Hindu-Muslim bogey, he alleged. ”However the folks of UP know that this election might be about points similar to farmers’ plight, well being system, ladies’s security and corruption,” Lallu stated.
The Congress gained simply seven seats whereas its alliance associate SP bagged 47 seats within the 403-member meeting within the 2017 meeting polls. The BJP gained a thumping mandate with 312 seats and the BSP bagged 19 seats.