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Congress in strong position in UP due to Rahul: Lalu

Last updated on: February 25, 2012 19:38 IST

Congress in strong position in UP due to Rahul: Lalu

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Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad on Saturday said that Congress was in a strong position in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections mainly due to hard work done by Rahul Gandhi."The Congress is in strong position in UP assembly elections due to hard work done by its General Secretary Rahul Gandhi," Prasad, who is canvassing for Congress candidate from Sikandrabad in Bulandshahr Jitendra Yadav, whose son was recently married to Prasad's daughter, told PTI.

The RJD, an ally of the United Progressive Alliance, has not fielded its candidates in Uttar Pradesh polls but Prasad is canvassing for some Congress candidates in the state.

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Image: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi addresses a huge election rally in Charthawal in Muzaffarnagar as part of his campaign in Uttar Pradesh


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'Cong will get large number of seats in UP'

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Asked about the number of seats Congress would get in the 403-member UP assembly for which polls are underway, the RJD supremo said they would get a "large" number of seats. The Congress had 22 seats in the last assembly elections in UP.

"Influenced by Rahul Gandhi plain talking, a large number of youths are flocking to Congress rallies which indicate that the party is in good position there," Prasad, Lok Sabha member from Chhapra in Bihar, said.


Image: Rahul interacts with his supporters after a election rally in Rae Bareli


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The RJD chief, who served as the railway minister in UPA I, said an impressive performance of the Congress in UP would strengthen the secular forces in the country.On Jitendra Yadav's chance, the RJD chief said Yadav is getting support from all castes and classes and he would romp home easily.

Accompanied by former RJD leaders and Union Ministers Prem Chand Gupta and Jaiprakash Yadav, Prasad addressed several rallies in Sikandrabad today to drum up support for Jitendra Yadav.


Image: Supporters of Rahul Gandhi listen intently as he delivers a speech at an election campaign rally at Hardoi district
Photographs: Reuters

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