Play bigger roles in Cong's poll preparations:Rahul to workers

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today exhorted block-level workers to play bigger roles in the party's preparations for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and promised that they would not be neglected and their grievances would be addressed.

The Congress leader, who arrived at the Fursatganj airport, drove to Himanshu Junior High School in Kokari area for a meeting with workers of Deeh block who complained of neglect of partymen.

They said their voice was not heard and they have to stand in long queues to meet their leaders. Rahul told them that there was no question of neglect as workers are the "strength of the party".

He exhorted them to change their mindset and dedicate themselves for the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

"No one is big or small in the organisation, all workers are equal... As far as Amethi is concerned it is not politics but family ties which bring me here... I want to take forward the works started by Rajiv Gandhi," Rahul told the workers.

To workers' concern over lack of job opportunities, he assured that in the upcoming industries such as Malvika Steel in Jagdispur and Ordnance factory in Munshiganj, locals in large numbers would get jobs.

Gandhi, who last visited his constituency on November 7, asked the workers of Deeh to apprise people outside of the work being done by the party.

"Our works are not properly publicised among the people therefore others take advantage of the situation," he said.

He promised to return next month and resolve their demand for hand pumps and road repair.

Earlier on arrival, Rahul made a brief stop at a carpenter's shop near the airport and enquired about the work from its owner Sahdev Sharma.

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