Fight polls unitedly if Cong is to win: Rahul to state leaders

Rahul separately met AICC delegates from each state and sought to learn of the issues which are likely to be prominent for the Lok Sabha polls.

Rahul said he knows that the party "lost due to infighting among senior leaders". (PTI) Rahul said he knows that the party "lost due to infighting among senior leaders". (PTI)
By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2014 9:25 pm

already been held and some quick decisions on these matters are expected soon.

Rahul’s consultations with the chiefs of Pradesh Congress Committees and District Congress Committees are also aimed at incorporating their views and suggestions ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

Rahul met leaders of each state for about 15 to 30 minutes.

Some state leaders pointed out that the party’s stand on corruption was somewhat compromised when it aligned with the “tainted” Shibu Soren’s JMM in Jharkhand and said that similar was the record of the chiefs of some of the other parties whom Congress had approached for an alliance.

A Congress district head from Jharkhand said that when the party finalises its seats for each state, it should focus on the areas where it has a chance of winning.

When leaders from Gujarat stated that Congress was spending a pittance on publicity as compared to BJP, Rahul said that party workers should compensate for that by themselves publicising the achievements and programmes of the UPA government.

“Rahul heard the concerns of the party workers and focussed on organising them for the battle ahead,” an AICC release said.

He met the leaders of three-four states together in batches with two-three leaders from each state being given an opportunity to express their views.

Rahul asked the party leaders to take on issues which affected the people in their respective states.

“Pan out in villages, blocks and districts. Work with a missionary spirit. Go to the grassroots and remain united,” Rahul said.

“We must fight with unity, focussing on the strengths of our party and the good work we have done over the last 10 years,” a party release quoted Rahul as saying.

Addressing the AICC meeting on Friday, which saw Congress pass the baton of leadership to him for the upcoming general elections, Rahul had sought to enthuse the party cadre for the Lok Sabha polls while giving an indication of a likely change in the party’s style of functioning.

First Published on: January 18, 2014 9:20 pmSingle Page Format
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