Mistry sets poll momentum,seeks report on ‘mood of public’

Mistry set a deadline of 15 days — starting December 15 — for zonal teams to organise public rallies.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published:November 19, 2013 8:05 am

To set the momentum for the Lok Sabha election,Congress General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry Monday took direct charge of party activities in Uttar Pradesh.

In a review meeting held at state headquarters,Mistry told in-charge and coordinators of 8 zones to analyse each constituency under their jurisdiction and submit a detailed report before December 15 about the “mood of the public,prevailing issues and prominent candidates”.

A senior party leader said that in the close-door meeting,Mistry set a deadline of 15 days — starting December 15 — for zonal teams to organise public rallies in each constituency. According to sources,each zone will be allotted to a senior leader. He,along with other leaders,will hold public meetings in each constituency by end of December.

Mistry also asked the team members to immediately resign from their posts in case any one of them plans to contest election.

“He was in a very strict mood today and told us that for next six months,we have to give 100 per cent to the party — no holidays,no weddings and no parties. He also made it clear that if anyone looking after a significant cadre responsibility plans to contest election,he should immediately step down from his posts,” said a senior leader.

Reviewing preparations for the November 21 protest,Mistry asked leaders and workers in Lucknow and adjoining districts to take out padyatras to gather public support.

While such padyatras have started in Lucknow,where leaders like former state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi,UPCC co-incharge of administration Pramod Singh and city president Amit Srivastava are distributing pamphlets and taking out yatras in different areas,even other districts have been asked to follow similar foot marches.

Sources said though the protest is in Lucknow,all neighbouring zones have been asked to mobilise crowd for the agitation. “Leaders have been asked to take out padyatras to mobilise crowd and spread information about the food security scheme,” said a leader.

Mistry told partymen that as he has been relieved of his duties in Madhya Pradesh,he will now camp regularly in Uttar Pradesh and visit each constituency. While he will be in Mishrikh on Tuesday,he will visit Mohanlalganj on Wednesday.

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