Updated: September 11, 2021 2:02:55 am
The Congress Friday announced it would organise a 12,000-km statewide “Pratigya [Vow] Yatra” under party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in all 403 Assembly constituencies in the run-up to next year’s state elections.
The decision was taken following a meeting between Priyanka and the Congress’s state advisory and strategy committee at its state headquarters here. Though the primary objective of the yatra is to assure people that the party intends to fulfil all its promises, it also wants to remind the electorate about the current BJP government’s “vada khilafi [reneging on promises]”; alleged corruption; price rise; an alleged increase in crime, especially against women; unemployment; and a poor health system.
During the day, Priyanka chaired a series of such meetings to review the Congress’s poll preparations. Though the route of the yatra has not yet been finalised, the party intends to cover all the big villages and towns in the state’s Assembly constituencies. According to party insiders, state Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and the members of the state advisory and strategy committee would finalise the route of the “Congress Pratigya Yatra: Hum Vachan Nibhayenge”.
At a meeting with the Congress state election committee, Priyanka discussed the process of selecting candidates, poll management, and campaigns to be undertaken in different regions, said sources, adding that she also sought the suggestions of the state leadership.
Priyanka said the election panel would meet next on October 5, and gave the party leadership time till then to identify probable candidates, finalise zone-wise campaigns, and prepare for the “Pratigya Yatra”.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi garlanded the picture of the first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Govind Ballabh Pant, on his birth anniversary. She also paid tributes to Param Veer Chakra Abdul Hameed, who died during the 1965 war with Pakistan, at the party office.