Amid reports of Congress planning to rope in election strategist Prashant Kishor for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the party’s state unit has decided to launch its own exercise by holding the first round of discussion and review on Friday.
On Thursday, the party asked all its district and city unit presidents to come prepared with details of the assembly constituencies in their regions for the meeting which would be chaired by AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry, state president Nirmal Khatri and four AICC secretaries in-charge of the state.
Sources inform that keeping in mind the recent attack on it by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party would also formulate its “strategy” to counter the state government through agitations and protests.
Among the details that the district and city chiefs have been asked to submit at the meeting include caste factors dominant in each of the constituencies and factors that have worked in previous elections. The leaders have also been told to come prepared with suggestions on how the party could go about preparing for the upcoming assembly elections and the reasons that they believe were responsible for the party’s poor performance in the recent panchayat elections.
“We will review the panchayat election results and the reasons for not being able to perform as per expectations. The district heads have been told to table reports of the assembly constituencies in their respective districts during the discussion,” Khatri said.
He added: “While discussion on probable alliance is not on the agenda of the meeting, if any leader wishes to give his views on the same, it would be incorporated.”
Meanwhile, after waiting for over 15 days to make their representation before Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in regards to state government’s decision to invoke NSA on MLA Ajai Rai, Congress MLAs on Friday would now submit a memorandum to Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey.