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Congress to woo Muslims to capture power in UP

Congress to woo Muslims to capture power in UP

Lucknow: Buoyed by Muslims supporting it in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress plans to go all out to woo the minority community ahead of the 2012 assembly elections to wrest power in Uttar Pradesh after a gap of two decades.

The success of Congress in the Lok Sabha elections is especially because of the support from the minorities and the vote bank has to be kept intact if the party has to be revived before the 2012 assembly elections, a senior party leader said.

Uttar Pradesh has 11.60 crore voters and minorities accounting for 20-22% of the electorate can play a major role in deciding the electoral fortunes of a party.

“We have to concentrate on keeping them (minority) intact to achieve the target of fully reviving the party in the state by 2012 assembly elections," chairman of the UPCC minority cell Maroof Khan said.

According to preliminary estimates, almost 60% of the minorities voted for the Congress this time ensuring its victory on 21 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, he said.

Khan said the minority cell has chalked out a programme for consolidating the Muslim vote bank further.

Implementation of the Sachar Committee recommendation for minorities’ welfare, under which 22 districts in the state have been given the status of minority districts, has found favour among the minorities, he said.

Khan said the minorities have realised how Congress was working for their uplift and that is why they have returned to that party. “Now we have to sustain this trend," he said.

“The minorities are disenchanted by the SP and BSP as both have no long-term plans for their welfare and their political hobnobbing has put a question mark on their credentials," he said.

Khan said since the minorities have voted for the party, special attention should be paid to their problems.

The party should take timely feedback to gauge their mood and at the same time apprise them of the Centre’s programmes for their all round development, he said.

The party also plans to hold divisional level meetings in all the 17 divisions of the state, besides launching a membership drive to involve more and more Muslims, especially the youth and take their active support in reaching out to the masses, Khan added.

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