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Cong to play on 'front foot' in UP, aim is to form govt in state: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Asserting that will "play on front foot" in Uttar Pradesh, on Monday said he and his party will not sit idle till it forms a government in the state and that is the mandate given to and Jyotiraditya

During a roadshow that marked his sister Priyanka's first public event after being appointed as national with charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, the said he has asked her and Scindia, who has been made for western UP, their mandate is to bring a government in the state that will ensure justice for all.

"Their aim is definitely the elections, but also to bring a here," he said.

Asking crowd to repeat his "chowkidar chor hai" (is the thief) barb against in connection with the Congress party's corruption allegation in the fighter jet deal, Gandhi alleged that the has "stolen" money from and other states to benefit industrialist

The government and have denied the allegations levelled against them by Congress and other opposition parties.

On Uttar Pradesh, where his party is struggling to regain lost grounds, the Congress said, "UP is the centre (and) heart of country. I have made Priyanka and Scindiaji general secretaries and told them that they have to fight injustice that is rampant in the state for years. They have to fight against it and bring a government that gives justice."

Priyanka and were recently appointed by him as Congress general secretaries with charge of eastern and western UP, respectively, keeping in mind the elections expected to take place in April-May. The Congress party had fared miserably in the state during the 2014 elections by winning just two of 80 seats in the state.

Using a cricket analogy, he said the Congress will play on the front foot and not on the back foot in the state.

"Till a Congress ideology government is installed here (UP), we will not sit idle and ensure justice to the farmers, the youth, the poor," he added.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:30 IST