Uttar Pradesh Civic Polls 2017: Congress to contest Uttar Pradesh civic polls alone, party to use Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Three-K formula’

Sohit Mishra
The decision of contesting the upcoming elections without any alliance was taken after the post-poll review by the Congress in which many party leaders were upset with the alliance between the Congress and Samajwadi Party

Lucknow, May 1: Miffed with the poor performance of the party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Congress has now decided to end the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance and contest the upcoming Uttar Pradesh civic polls alone. Ending the alliance between the ‘UP ke ladke’, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar on Monday said that, “Congress will fight alone in the Uttar Pradesh local body elections.” Reports suggest that apart from Congress, the Samajwadi Party will also be contesting the civic polls elections without any alliance. The civic poll elections in Uttar Pradesh is likely to be held in the month of June.

The decision of contesting the upcoming elections without any alliance was taken after the post-poll review by the Congress in which many party leaders were upset with the alliance between the Congress and Samajwadi Party adding that the Congress had to feel the heat during the Assembly elections due to anti-incumbency sentiment against the Samajwadi Party.

The post-poll review attended by Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad gave a green signal to the demands made by the party leaders and volunteers after which the Congress on Monday announced of contesting the civic elections without Samajwadi Party’s alliance.

‘Three K’ formula

To improve the party’s performance and to increase the party’s voter base in the state, the party will be following the ‘three-k’ formula for the civic elections. According to reports, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has asked the party workers to follow the ‘three-k’ formula of Karyakarta, Karyalaya and Karyakram (workers, office and programmes) in each constituency to strengthen the party. According to senior Congress leaders, Rahul Gandhi’s three-k formula will help the party to strengthen its organisation at booth level and also increase the party’s base in Uttar Pradesh.

In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP marked a thumping victory after winning 324 out of the 403 seats of Uttar Pradesh, whereas the Congress-SP alliance was reduced to a mere 57 seats in the state.