Congress vows to end differentiation in UP

| Updated: Jul 18, 2016 00:36 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), July 17 (ANI): Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections due next year, the Congress on Sunday vowed to end the differentiation in the state and take everybody on board so as to take the politically crucial state ahead on the development path. Congress' chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit while attempting to connect with the masses said the grand old party has always accepted everyone and always worked for the people. "We have to finish the differentiation in Uttar Pradesh and take everyone along with us," Dikshit said. Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar, who accompanied Dikshit, highlighted the achievements of his party leaders. Dikshit, who was announced as the chief ministerial candidate earlier on July 14, earlier expressed hope that the grand old party would emerge victorious in the politically crucial state. "I thank the high command for imposing their trust on me and assigning me this big responsibility. I hope the Congress performs better in Uttar Pradesh this time," she told the media in the national capital. Dikshit vowed to contest the Uttar Pradesh polls unitedly to give a tough challenge to the ruling Samajwadi Party, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. Dikshit, 78, however, said the Uttar Pradesh polls will definitely be a challenge for the Congress. "Every election is a challenge. There is definitely a challenge in Uttar Pradesh. But we are going with a vision to win," she said. Dikshit is the daughter-in-law of prominent Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh Uma Shankar Dikshit, who was a Brahmin face and had served as a union minister and governor for a long time. This move can be seen as an attempt on the Congress Party's part to win back its traditional upper caste voters. The community, a traditional vote bank of the Congress, later shifted allegiance to the BJP. A large chunk of Brahmin votes had also gone to the BSP in the past when party supremo Mayawati gave tickets to many candidates belonging to the community. Dikshit, who served thrice as the Delhi Chief Minister before AAP's Arvind Kejriwal dismissed her with a record mandate in December 2013, had earlier said that she was ready for any role which the party assigns to her. (ANI)