Driven with anticipation, accelerated with jubilation and the hope of miracle…summarised Congress party’s election campaign bus, which set on a roll for a three-day tour. Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi flagged off the election campaign dubbed ’27 saal UP behaal’ from the party headquarters Saturday afternoon.
The yatra, aimed at reaching out to the public and highlighting the alleged failure of successive governments in Uttar Pradesh in the past 27 years ever since the Congress was out of power. The bus will cover a total distance of 600 kms.
Top Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the general secretary in-charge of party affairs in the state, Sheila Dikshit, the party’s chief ministerial face in the state, and state unit chief Raj Babbar, along with others will travel in the bus that will halt at various places en route Kanpur.
They will also address a number of public meetings and interact with party workers on the way. The yatra will cover four districts each day and will halt at Moradabad on the first day, covering important districts in western Uttar Pradesh.
It will then travel to Shahjahanpur, covering Rampur and Bareilly and on the third day it will cover Hardoi, Kannauj and then end at Kanpur.
“Through this yatra we will take to the people, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s message of unity. Unlike other parties we do not want to divide the voters in the name of religion and community,” Ghulam Nabi Azad told the press.
“It has been 27 years since Congress has been out of power and during this period, BJP, BSP and SP ruled the state and divided the people in the name of community and religion. But we will try to unite everybody and form a government which will not give preference to any particular community,” the senior leader added.
The yatra will be followed by a meeting of UP Congress in Lucknow on July 29 that will be attended by Rahul Gandhi.
“The yatra will speak about the failure and misgovernance of successive governments in the last 27 years,” Sanjay Singh, who heads the poll campaign committee of the party in UP, said.
Echoing similar views, Congress’ state unit head Raj Babbar said they are carrying the message of unity through this yatra.
(With inputs from the PTI)