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Cong leaders face angry workers

BK Hariprasad (top) and Sukhdeo Bhagat, who attended Saturday’s meeting

Ranchi, July 12: A section of Congress members today raised their voice against the leadership for neglecting the advice of its workers at the grassroots level that, they claimed, ultimately led the grand, old party to a humiliating defeat in Jharkhand in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

“Had the party taken opinion of its grassroots workers seriously, the Congress would have performed better in the (general) elections,” a Congress member said at a district-level conference in Gumla.

Around 2,000 Congress workers took part in the event organised as a part of the party’s efforts to boost the morale of its members in view of the coming Assembly elections. As many as 15 party workers were felicitated for their dedication and hard work on the occasion.

Senior leaders like, national general secretary Jharkhand in-charge B.K. Hariprasad, AICC secretary Tarachand Bhagora, state party president Sukhdeo Bhagat, former MP Subodh Kant Sahay, state ministers Geetashree Oraon and Yogendra Sao and district in-charge Alok Dubey were also present.

Addressing the “angry” workers, Hariprasad said one should not be upset by one defeat and continue working for the welfare of the common people. “Whether in power or not, the Congress has always worked for the people and made sacrifices for the nation. The party will emerge victorious again,” he added.

Lashing out at the BJP, Hariprasad said the party could only spread hatred as it did not have any vision for development of the entire population of the country. “During campaigns, Narendra Modi asked people for 60 months. After he won, he started saying that he would need 10 years to bring about change. The fact is that even after ruling Jharkhand for 13 years, the BJP could not do anything for the state,” he said.

Hariprasad further alleged that the BJP was taking credit for projects that were initiated by the previous UPA government.

Congress spokesperson Kishore Nath Shahdeo said, “During Chintan Shivar in the state capital on June 14, the party leadership decided to connect with workers at the grassroots level to feel the pulse of common people. Today’s conference was the first step in that direction. Similar programmes will be held in every district one by one till the Assembly polls.”


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