Congress prepares for municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh


LUCKNOW: Congress, which faced a debacle in the 2022 parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh, has begun preparations to contest the upcoming municipal elections likely to be held later this year in the state.

The party will launch a digital membership campaign with the aim of reaching 1.5 crore people, its state spokesman Krishnakant Pandey said on Monday. “The party has identified seven areas in UP for election preparations,” Pandey said.

The state has 17 municipal corporations, more than 200 city councils and 450 town councils. The party has asked likely candidates to submit an application file in which they will have to detail, among other things, 300 supporters.

“For favorable results in the municipal elections, the party has decided to expand its outreach program with a focus on social media. We plan to launch a digital membership campaign and aim to reach 1.5 million people through it,” Pandey said.

The party will also appoint ward officers and a district-level grievance committee, the spokesperson said.

However, he did not reveal whether the party will fight alone in the municipal elections or form an alliance with a party.

The Congress contested all 403 seats in recent UP assembly elections, but only managed to win two seats. The party had won seven seats in the 2017 legislative elections.

Melissa C. Keyes