While Sanjay Dutt was campaigning in the city on Sunday following his nomination as SP candidate from Lucknow,the city unit of Congress held a meeting and demanded that the party fields its own candidate instead of backing the film star.
State Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi was supposed to attend the meeting,but was held up in New Delhi. Office bearers of the Lucknow unit and workers down to the polling booth level attended the meeting.
Rajendra Pandey,Lucknow Congress secretary,said,The meeting was called to begin poll preparations. All those who gathered said that they would like the party to field its own candidate in Lucknow and we will convey this to the high command.
Most of the party workers felt that the alliance with SP had not worked,therefore there was no point leaving an important seat like Lucknow for SP. Beside,Sanjay Dutt may not get the courts permission to fight the election. So we should be ready with our candidate, said a party leader.