Focus on 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Rahul tells partymen

Amethi: Reviewing the party's debacle in the recently concluded assembly elections in UP, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today set the agenda for party workers to concentrate on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Arriving here for the first time since his party suffered reverses even in the areas considered as the strongholds of Congress (Amethi and Rae Bareli), Gandhi asked workers to start working for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls while promising them to do whatever possible for further strengthening the organisation.

Holding a closed door meeting to review the performance in Tiloi vidhan sabha segment with workers in Samrauta area for over three hours, he also sought to keep the workers in good spirits saying that all their problems would be resolved and they would get due respect.

The Congress general secretary with Rita Bahuguna Joshi at the Lucknow airport on Monday. Nand Kumar/PTI

The workers who attended the meeting said on condition of anonymity that they have been asked to move out to villages and apprise the common people about the welfare schemes of the central government.

Gandhi also asked them to continue the struggle for strengthening the party.

When the workers drew his attention to the problems related to water and power, he said that they are state subjects and he had worked hard for having a Congress government in the state for addressing them but that could not happen.

On their part the workers told their leader that their applications were being thrown into the dustbin and that 'dalals' (brokers) were ruling the roost in the party and workers were not being heard.

According to the workers, unlike earlier occasions the Congress general secretary appeared to be in a serious mood and there is likelihood of some sweeping changes at the organisational level.

He would continue with the review meeting in Salon area later in the day.

Tomorrow Gandhi is scheduled to meet Amethi constituency workers at Munshiganj guest house and workers of Gauriganj at Rajiv Gandhi Science College. On the last day of his visit on 2 May, he would review the party's performance with Jagdishpur constituency workers.

PTI