Still headless, UP Cong hibernates as SP, BSP, BJP rev up for coming polls

After a short hiatus after the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections, the major opposition parties, such as the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), have started to prepare for the state’s urban local body elections, scheduled for recently. year, and even the Lok Sabha polls for 2024. However, it appears that Congress has returned to hibernation in the state, avoiding any regulatory activities on the ground even with The party is still without a head of state unit.

Ajay Kumar Lalo has resigned from the former MLA As chair of the Union Congressional Committee (UPCC) following the results of the Assembly elections in March, Congress was able to win only two of the 399 seats it contested, receiving only 2.33 percent of the vote. It was the worst electoral performance ever for the old party in the country’s most politically important state.

Lalo lost the ballot from his constituency in Tamkuhi Raj in Kushinagar district. But the leadership of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has yet to appoint a successor to Lalo until three and a half months later.

at recent days , Congress did not present its candidates For Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha universities, which, party insiders say, may divert its remaining loyal voters to other parties there.

In the run-up to the assembly elections in February and March, the AICC General Secretary in charge of the UP, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, used to travel to different parts of the UP regularly to attend various party events or meet victims of various crimes. But after leading an impassioned election campaign, Priyanka has so far only visited once for a party meeting.

But Congress spokesperson Surendra Rajput claimed that the party leadership will announce the new UPC president within the next few days. Rajpoot denied that the party had fallen into inactive mode. The party is active in public issues. We are following up on the decisions made during the Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session in Udaipur) and the programs are being planned accordingly,”

Rajput also said that the Congress was planning to take out the Yatra for Ganjagran (Public Consciousness) through the UP from August 9 to highlight the “failures” of the BJP government in the UP and at the center on all fronts.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, then AICC Chairman Rahul Gandhi lost his seat from the Amethi constituency, as the party now faces a challenge to maintain control of its only seat in UP, Ray Barelli, party leader Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, in the 2024 general election.

Also, for the first time ever, Congress will have no member of the Oprah legislature as Deepak Singh retired from the MLC on Wednesday and the party with only two MLAs is not in a position to send any of its candidates to the state Senate now.

As for the other opposition parties, SP Chairman Akhilesh YadavPreviously confined to social media after the general assembly election defeat, he turned to action last Sunday – days after the party’s shock defeat to the BJP in its strongholds in the suburban Azamgarh and Rampur constituencies – as he dissolved the party’s nation-state. , and district executive bodies, including youth, merchants, spokespersons, and women’s wings. The party will remake all of these bodies, for which Akhilesh launched a massive membership campaign on Tuesday.

“Through this membership campaign, the SP has taken a step towards a major change in the organization with focus on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the 2027 General Assembly elections. The membership campaign will give strength to the organization,” said the SP’s main spokesperson, Rajendra Chaudhry.

Akhilesh said he will personally go to the villages as part of this membership campaign. The Socialist Party won 111 seats in the assembly polls, compared to 47 in the 2017 assembly elections.

Months after defeating the BSP in assembly polls that ended with just one seat, party chief Mayawati last week restructured the organization by removing three government officials and restoring the district system by dividing all 18 divisions of the UP into six districts. With the designation of a party responsible for each district, there will also be a coordinator for each department called a ‘Mandal Coordinator’.

Mayawati also assigned the party organization the task of forming new members in each section of the assembly. Following the result of the assembly vote, Mayawati held three meetings of BSP senior staff in Lucknow to review the party’s preparations for the upcoming elections.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained proactive, setting a new target of winning 75 of the state’s 80 total Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general election. The Saffron Party launched a ‘shashaktikaran abhiyan’ booth (cab boosting campaign) for booths as it considered their performance’ weak” in the 2019 elections. The leadership has set aside 100 such booths for each member of the Lok Sabha or MP for the Rajya Sabha to strengthen the party’s presence there. It also appointed an official for every seat in the Lok Sabha it lost in 2019.

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