| D.D. Lapang |
Shillong, March 30: The AICC has warned party workers to look out for “sabotage” as every seat is “crucial” if the party has to retain power in Delhi.
The Congress has also asked its leaders to “employ all the might” at their command to “neutralise” the saboteurs to ensure victory in every Lok Sabha seat.
In a circular sent to Meghalaya PCC president D.D. Lapang, AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro stated that in some constituencies there are reports suggesting that Congress leaders are “instigating” party workers to “sabotage” the success of the candidates.
Faleiro, who is also the in-charge of party affairs in Meghalaya, said the party high command has viewed these reports “seriously”.
The circular, which could be general in nature, has come at a time when reports are doing the rounds that some Meghalaya Congress legislators in the Khasi and Jaintia hills are working against party candidate and sitting MP Vincent H. Pala.
Some of Pala’s political opponents have been claiming that a few Congress legislators are actually campaigning against the former Union minister of state who is seeking a second straight term in the Lok Sabha. Party leaders, however, have been singing the unity tune while brushing aside the reports.
As Opposition parties, especially the BJP-led NDA, are leaving no stone unturned to defeat the Congress-led UPA, Faleiro, in the circular, also asked Lapang “to ensure that these sabotages are nipped in the bud and victory of Congress candidates ensured at all cost”. “You are requested to employ all the might at your command to neutralise the saboteurs so that the party wins in every parliamentary seat,” it said.
At the same time, Faleiro asked the PCC chief to inspire party’s leaders and workers.
“While their unity, solidarity and hard work for the success of party candidates will be sufficiently rewarded, any complaint against them for having indulged in anti-party work during elections will lead to serious disciplinary action against the saboteurs even when the election process is on,” Faleiro said.
Moreover, he said it is high time for Congress workers regardless of rank and office to come together “as a family” to strengthen the hands of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the campaign.
“Every single parliamentary seat is crucial for the Congress,” Faleiro, who is also in-charge of party affairs in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim, said.