Rahul to attend UP Cong coord committee's Ist meet tomorrow

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Lucknow, Nov 11 (UNI) Amidst indications that the Congress was set to launch a frontal attack on the policies of the Bahujan Samaj Party government in Uttar Pradesh, Amethi MP and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi would attend the maiden meeting of the state coordination committee of the party tomorrow.

Mr Gandhi has been included in the party's 22-member coordination committee of Uttar Pradesh constituted by party President Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Gandhi's visit is expected to boost the morale of the party members after its dismal performance in the state assembly elections held in April-May this year . Leaders said with the Congress ready with a game plan to target the Mayawati government in the state on several issues relating to day-to-day governance, Mr Gandhi's visit would re-energise the sagging morale of party workers. The AICC had blamed poor grass-roots level organisation for the poor performance of the party in the assembly elections. Mr Gandhi had held several roadshows ahead of the assembly elections.

The Amethi MP would reach the state capital tomorrow morning from New Delhi and dash to the Uttar Pardesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters. After attending a session of the newly-formed coordination committee, Mr Gandhi would interact with over 18 delegations comprising leaders of frontal organisations, ex MPs and MLAs and leaders from the SC/ST and minority cells, said UPCC chief spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh.

The cordination committee is headed by UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and has among its members AICC General Secretaries Mohsina Kidwai and Janardan Dwivedi as also Union Minister Mahavir Prasad, former Chief Minister Ram Naresh Yadav and several former PCC presidents, including Salman Khursheed, who is a special invitee.

AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who is in-charge of Congress affairs in UP, earlier this week interacted with UPCC office-bearers ahead of Mr Gandhi's visit.

Other members include Union Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal, former PCC chief Arun Kumar Singh Munna and Jagdambika Pal, former CLP leader Pramod Tiwari, Union Minister Akhilesh Das and six AICC secretaries from UP -- Rajiv Shukla, Nirmal Khatri, Bhola Pandey, Jitin Prasad, Abdul Mannan and Vivek Bansal.

Incidentally, this would be the young MP's first visit to the state Congress headquarters here at Mall Avenue.

Looking forward to his maiden visit to the UPCC office, leaders these days are busy revamping the 100-year-old building, which houses the state unit headquarters.

The Congress purchased the building in an auction in 1978, which was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Senior party leaders had pooled money to buy the building, now named Nehru Bhawan. The building was renovated when Congress president Sonia Gandhi came here to cast her vote in the AICC elections in 1999.

Apart from painting the whole building, a room where Mr Gandhi would be sitting is being re-furnished.


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