Cong to use Amarinder’s star appeal to woo voters in UP

As the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections began on Thursday,it will be campaign season again for some leaders of the Punjab Congress.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published:February 3, 2012 3:37 am

As THE sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections began on Thursday,it will be campaign season again for some leaders of the Punjab Congress.

The Congress high command appears to have left no stone unturned to use its campaigners in a strategic way. To play the Dalit card and woo the SC voters,National Commission for Scheduled Castes Vice-Chairman Dr Raj Kumar Verka had reached Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Verka,the Congress nominee in Punjab from Amritsar West,is scheduled to hold rallies and nukkad meetings in constituencies where Congress has fielded SC candidates.

The high command is also learnt to have asked party’s star campaigner in Punjab,state president Captain Amarinder Singh,to campaign in UP. Sources told The Indian Express that Amarinder was likely to head to Uttar Pradesh soon. Congress,it is learnt,wants to use Amarinder’s “star appeal” to win over the Punjabi population in UP and the migrant population.

“I have been instructed by the party high command to campaign in UP. I will campaign till the polling day,while occasionally going to New Delhi to look after my job as the vice-Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes. I am going to organise rallies and nukkad meetings in the constituencies where the party has fielded SC candidates,” Verka told The Indian Express.

He added that majority of the 13 districts of Western UP,where polls will be held in the sixth phase,had “a sizable SC population”. “Besides,there are scores of Punjabis who are settled in a number of these districts,” he added.

While Amarinder could not be contacted for comment,Punjab Congress affairs in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak confirmed that Amarinder had been asked by the party high command to campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

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