After a blistering campaign against the ruling Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for past several months, the Congress has suddenly pulled itself back and has instead decided to train guns at the Narendra Modi government.
The party has now announced “pol kholo abhiyan”, a village level protest across state, on July 22 with complete focus on “suit boot ki Modi sarkar” and not a single word of mention about any issue being raised by other opposition parties against the state government.
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Monsoon session of the Parliament is set to begin on July 21.
Initially, when the protest was planned, Congress had announced to take up issues of non-payment of sugarcane dues and lesser assessment of farmers crop loss by the state government, too. However, party suddenly went on back foot Monday and based its protest completely on BJP government at the Centre.
The protest has been planned to help Congress develop its base before upcoming panchayat elections in the state, for which it has asked all its district units to field party-supported candidates. While workers are confused about how the party would strengthen its base in the state by only hitting on central government and not the ruling Samajwadi Party, senior Congress leaders inform that the situation is likely to continue till Bihar Assembly polls, which are due later this year.
Asked about the sudden change and leaving Samajwadi Party untouched in its upcoming agitations in the state, state Congress president Nirmal Khatri said, “We have been raising issues against the Samajwadi party government in the past and now it is clear that they are on their way out in the upcoming elections. We are now focusing on the wrong policies and corrupt practices of Modi government at the Centre”.
“Moreover, everyone knows that both the BJP and the SP have been working in co-ordination to create polarisation for a long time and Muzaffarnagar was an example. Now, we are not required to blow the trumpet over it again and again,” he added.
The party workers have been asked to raise issues such as amendments proposed in the Land Acquisition Act, inflation, corruption of BJP leaders, promises made before Lok Sabha elections, reduction of funds in the welfare schemes launched during UPA regime and trying to disturb communal harmony. They have been asked to burn effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold meetings to inform villagers about failures of Modi Government.
Meanwhile, answering to a question on the party facing difficulties in showing its strength in UP despite a good leadership and ideology, Khatri said “The generation which raised the voice of Congress is no more and we did not cultivate the new generation which we are doing now”.