Ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls, Rahul Gandhi asks party workers to end groupism

“Those dabbling in groupism should mend their ways and stay united to give a crushing defeat to other parties in the elections,” said Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: September 6, 2016 1:37:10 pm
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Rahul Gandhi Friday asked party workers involved in groupism “to mend their ways” so that a united Congress could win the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections due next year.

“Those dabbling in groupism should mend their ways and stay united to give a crushing defeat to other parties in the elections,” the Congress vice-president said at a meeting with party leaders that went on till wee hours.

Rahul discussed threadbare the issues before the Congress and asked party workers to fan out in the interiors to make people aware of Congress’ policies and programmes. He also discussed ways to counter the strategy of Opposition parties. Winding up his three-day visit to his constituency, Rahul also participated in the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting where issues like poor quality of PMGSY roads, delay in construction of new roads, delay in completing vigilance inquiry into alleged MGNREGA scam, change of name of central government schemes as well as law and order was raised.

Local MLAs and MLCs are members of the committee, but MLA from Tiloi Assembly constituency Mohd Muslim, who recently shifted from Congress to Bahujan Samaj Party, did not attend the meeting. Samajwadi Party MLA from Amethi and Minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati too skipped the meeting.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Congress MLC Deepak Singh said: “The issue of 200-bed hospital was raised as the funds were cleared during UPA regime but still nothing has moved on ground.”

Contacted, District Magistrate Amethi, Chandra Kant Pandey said, “The hospital was to be built under NRHM and the funds were released in May 2016. The agency has been nominated and soon the work would also start.”

Asked about the anomaly worth Rs 88 lakh in MGNREGA funds, he said, “The inquiry was handed over to economic offences wing after the issue was raised on May 20, 2015. It has been decided that a letter would be written to UP Chief Secretary as well as Union Ministry of Rural Development to speed up the investigation.”

Sources informed that Congress MLA from Jagdishpur, Radhey Shyam, raised the issue of poor quality of PMGSY roads in the constituency, following which it was decided to form a committee to look into them.

Some protesting anganwadi workers tried to gather on the route taken by Rahul to Lucknow on way to Delhi to air their grievances. The workers were demanding hike in their honorarium, and that they be made permanent state employees.

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