On Sonia birthday, Cong to start state-wide padyatras

In the first mass contact programme after the Assembly elections, the UP Congress has decided to launch padyatras by party leaders in all districts on party president Sonia Gandhi's birthday on December 9.

UP Congress president Nirmal Khatri himself would lead a padyatras that will start from Deva Sharif in Barabanki. These would continue for one and a half months in all 75 districts.

Khatri has written to the eight zonal presidents to chalk out a padayatra route in the districts of their zones. They have also been instructed to decide a local point of historical or religious importance from where the padayatra can be launched in each district.

The district committee members of the party have been asked to participate in the padayatra along with the zonal presidents and vice-presidents. While the padayatra in 25 districts of the state is to be led by president Khatri, zonal presidents and vice presidents have been asked to lead the campaign in the districts when Khatri is not there.

"The main idea behind the padayatra will be to meet the public and tell them about the various schemes run by the central government and collect feedback on the ground realities of the implementation of the schemes," said Khatri. The opportunity will be used by party workers to raise current issues and hold discussions on the expectations of the people from the Congress government, he said.

"We will begin the padayatra from some point apart from the district party office and walk for two to three kilometres, visiting nearby villages and talking to people. However, rather than addressing public meetings and giving speeches, we will try to interact with groups of villagers on in a chaupal fashion," he said.

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