Congress to form own govt in UP Ramesh

Congress to form own govt in UP Ramesh

By: || Updated: 26 Feb 2012 04:38 AM


Thiruvananthapuram:
Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the Congress is
fighting the Uttar Pradesh election to form its own government and
stressed that it was "not a make-or-break" election for Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi.




"All this talk is premature as the Congress party is not fighting to form
a coalition government but to form a government on its own," Ramesh told
reporters when asked whether the Congress will forge a post-poll alliance
with any other party.




He, however, sought to dispel the impression in political circles that the
performance of the party in Uttar Pradesh will impact the political
fortunes of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi who has been deeply
involved in building up the party in the state.




"One election is not a make-or-break election," said Ramesh, also a close
aide of Rahul Gandhi.




However, he added that Rahul Gandhi had "invested a lot of political
capital in the campaign and stressed that it is bound to pay dividends."




"There is a new life to the Congress in Uttar Pradesh and the party is
very visible in this election," said Ramesh on Saturday night before
winding up a trip to Kerala.




"Once the Congress emerges as a major player in UP after 22 years, it will
bring a fundamental transformation to national politics," said Ramesh,
striking an upbeat note on the prospects of the party in the state
elections that end on March 3.



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