A day after AAP swept Delhi polls, AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry met 240 newly-appointed executive members of UP Congress Committee in Lucknow on Wednesday and told them to take a lesson from the result but not get affected by it.
During a closed-door meeting, Mistry admitted before the office bearers that there is a credibility crisis in the party but added that time has come to regain the confidence of people as well as party workers. “Yesterday, we lost badly but I still kept this meeting to tell you that our confidence should not be shaken. You have to understand that poor, minority, labourers, vendors are our core voters and when their confidence gets shaken, we end up in a situation like Delhi,” Mistry told the office bearers.
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“Uttar Pradesh is very crucial in the scheme of things and we have to get ready for “sangharsh (fight)”. The state will go to polls in 2017.
Party workers have been asked by Mistry to put in their entire strength in ensuring success of “Pradesh Bandh” announced by the party on March 12 across the state by stopping trains and blocking highways to make their presence felt in every district.
In his address to party workers, state president Nirmal Khatri said: “There have been shortcomings. If they were not there. we would not have seen see such days but now we should all take lessons from this downfall at whichever level we can.”
Khatri said the “sangharsh for revival” will start from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on March 1 where camps for youngsters will be held. This will be followed by a ‘padyatra’ across Varanasi on March 2. Khatri added that they would take up Etawah, which is home town of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav later.
Both Mistry and Khatri asked office bearers to concentrate on the membership drive and claimed that it would not serve much purpose if 50 members at a booth are converted into just 15 voters. Mistry also told them that upcoming panchayat elections in the state would be the next litmus test for the party.
Later in the day, Mistry told media persons that the outcome of Delhi elections and making future plans for UP are two different things.