Cong planning two yatras in poll-bound UP from Aug 21

New Delhi, Aug 17 (PTI) Buoyed by the good response toSonia Gandhi’s roadshow in Varanasi, Congress has planned twoyatras from August 21 to criss-cross various parts of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to bring the party in reckoning after 27long years. Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said herethat while one cavalcade of senior leaders would traverse 33districts, another would pass through 33 other districts inthe politically most crucial state. The exercise will concludeon Oct 9. "We are fighting the elections to win it and not to justincrease our tally," said Azad while addressing a joint pressconference with party’s CM candidate for the state SheilaDikshit, PCC President Raj Babbar and some other senior stateleaders. Congress has been out of power in the state for 27 longyears. It had secured just 28 out of the total 403 seats inthe last Assembly polls held in 2012. The state is slated tohave next Assembly polls early next year. Targetting the BJP, Samajwadi Party and the BSP, he saidthese parties have "ruined" UP for 27 years. "UP was the statewhich provided India with PMs and freedom fighters of allfaiths," the Congress leader said. Azad said that while Dikshit would be going in onecavalcade along with Sanjay Singh, who is Chairman of theCampaign committee, Raj Babbar and Chairman CoordinationCommittee Pramod Tewari would be in another cavalcade.PTI SPGAKK

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