Congress tries to woo wards ahead of Lok Sabha elections

The Congress unit in the city is increasingly keeping its focus on wards in the city where the party had not fared well in the municipal elections. Public meetings and events are being organised in these areas keeping an eye on the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Over the past several weeks, the Congress has been focusing attention particularly on ward 23 and 24. In ward 23 comprising of Mauli Jagran, BJP councillor Rajinder Kaur Rattu had emerged victorious, while in ward 24 comprising of Hallomajra and Ramdarbar, BSP candidate Jannat Jahan won.

Some councillors of the Congress and other leaders are actively organising events at these wards. Due to this, a number of disputes have also occurred in these areas.

Rattu says, "The Congress was in third place in my ward which has around 24,000 voters. Realising that they do not have a vote bank here, the Congress is trying to make inroads. It is only when elections are near that the party tries to portray that it is working for the benefit of the residents. However, people are aware of the reality and that is why had not voted for Congress."

Mauli Jagran has in fact become the hotbed of all disputes. Tussles between the workers of all parties is common. Protests and effigy burning by the parties are an everyday affair. A similar situation prevails in ward 24 where over the weekend a function was held where some people joined the Congress.

A Congress leader said that the party is trying to make its presence felt in the areas where it could not win in the municipal elections. With colonies and villages being a substantial votebank, the Congress is making an attempt to strengthen its base here.

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