Keeping in line with an AICC directive to reach out to as many people as possible ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Karnataka unit of the Congress has asked its leaders to go on 10-15 km walks in each of the 224 Assembly constituencies that make up the 28 parliamentary constituencies in the state.
KPCC president G Parameshwar has, in a letter to all the party functionaries including sitting MPs, MLAs, and district leaders, stated that these walks in each of the Assembly constituencies should be taken out and completed between March 9 and March 16.
“The AICC election campaign committee, in its meeting on February 27 under the leadership of AICC president Sonia Gandhi, decided to reach out to as many people as possible. Congress leaders should take out seven days for padayatra in all Lok Sabha constituencies,’’ the KPCC chief has stated in his letter to party leaders.
“The padayatras must begin by Sunday, March 9, and conclude by Sunday, March 16, in all the Assembly constituencies of the state,’’ Dr Parameshwar has stated.
The walks must begin at a pre-destined spot and conclude at the district headquarters and should feature interactions at all villages and towns that fall en route, the KPCC chief has instructed Congress leaders.
All achievements of the UPA government in New Delhi and the Congress government in Karnataka must be highlighted through speeches and pamphlets distributed along the route of the walks, the leader said. All office-bearers at the booth level, the panchayat level and ward level in each of the constituencies must compulsorily participate in these padayatras, Parameshwar has said.
“Since coming to power in 2004, the UPA government has brought in many legislations, popular programmes and schemes in the last 10 years,’’ the KPCC chief has said.
The padayatras must also seek to counter misinformation spread about the UPA government by the Opposition, he has stated.
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