Uttar Pradesh polls: Congress plans minority conventions

Congress is now focusing on Muslims by organising five minority conventions across Uttar Pradesh in July, and also an “Iftar” party at state headquarters in the same month.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: June 22, 2016 3:15:41 am

After running campaigns to woo Dalits, Congress is now focusing on Muslims by organising five minority conventions across Uttar Pradesh in July. The party will also be holding an “Iftar” party at state headquarters on July 1 in presence of new AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Ghulam Nabi Azad. All senior leaders have been asked to be present on the occasion.

The party will hold its first four divisional conventions for minorities at Moradabad (July 16), Varanasi (July 19), Gorakhpur (July 21) and Jhansi (July 25). Sources informed that one more convention is planned on July 23, but the division was yet to be finalised.

The state minority department has been asked to mobilise people for these conventions, which is being termed as “interactions”, and has been asked to co-ordinate with the leaders in the respective divisions, including clerics, who would be invited as special invitees.

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Asked about the conventions, Siraj Mehndi, chairman of UPCC minority department, said, “While the dates and places have been finalised, it is yet to be made clear whether they would be solely minority interactions or would be held with the SC department as well. We hope that everything will be finalised this week.”

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