Congress chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh Sheila Diskhit has expressed confidence that the party would form government after 27 years in the state in the 2017 Assembly polls.
Dikshit, who reached on Monday night from Delhi as part of party’s poll campaign, said the state has been going backwards all these years under the regimes of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and BJP.
She claimed that the party was receiving a good response and BJP has dropped to fourth position in the state.
"On the basis of the development work done by the Congress government in Delhi, the party will replicate it in the state if it comes to power," she said while addressing a gathering here after three-day bus yatra '27 saal UP behaal' reached here.
The Congress party is aiming to target not one particular party that has governed Uttar Pradesh, but all governments that have led the state since the Congress was last in charge.
The bus yatra was flagged off from the Congress headquarters in New Delhi by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Accompanying Dikshit on the tour was senior leaders, including general secretary in-charge of UP, Ghulam Nabi Azad and the newly-appointed UP Congress chief Raj Babbar.
Addressing the gathering, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar cited her experience and good work in Delhi for 15 years, and said that she had been chosen because of her strong track record as chief minister of Delhi.
“Sheila Dikshit would work for the development of the state just like she did in Delhi. SP, BSP and BJP failed to make Uttar Pradesh a develop state,” he said.
Meanwhile, party vice president Rahul Gandhi will on July 29 travel to Lucknow to meet party workers. On August 2, Sonia Gandhi will also hold a road show in Varanasi. Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh will take place early next year.
With PTI Inputs