After a gap of five years, Congress is preparing for another series of ‘yatras’ in Uttar Pradesh focusing on issues of farmers and land acquisition bill.
Last time, yatras were started by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in 2010 with the aim to cover each and every Assembly segment in the state before 2012 elections.
Party has asked the state unit to plan these yatras in the month of April in such a manner that they cover the entire state. Sources in the party inform that a meeting in this regard was held in Delhi on Wednesday where state president Nirmal Khatri was asked to present the preliminary plan.
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It may be mentioned that in 2010, these yatras had initially drawn good response but they failed to make a mark in the second phase in 2011 with most of the Congress MPs, leaders and ministers, who were given the responsibilities of these yatras, remaining busy in Delhi.
Congress is hoping to involve all such senior leaders, who have been inactive after Lok Sabha elections giving them chance to take out a march in their respective regions. After initial sketch of the yatras are prepared, senior leaders would be called for a meeting to give their suggestions in Lucknow.
Asked about the yatras, state president Nirmal Khatri said, “Things are at planning stage at present. We have been asked to prepare a blue-print first. We would go all out in Uttar Pradesh over issues of farmers and especially land acquisition bill issue in April but dates and other details are yet to be given final shape.”