New UP in-charge tells state Cong to stay united ahead of elections

In an apparent reflection of his concern over prevailing factionalism in UP Congress unit, the newly appointed state party in-charge and general secretary Madhusudan Mistri on Friday termed Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as a “corporate sponsored candidate” and dubbed talks about development in Gujarat as a myth.

Mistri also hinted that he will not hesitate to pay back the BJP in the same coin since he knew the tactics of the saffron leaders. He was apparently referring to UP BJP in-charge Amit Shah who, like himself, is also from Gujarat.

Mistri, who arrived here on Friday to take stock of the state party unit’s preparedness for the forthcoming general elections, said Modi was a representative of corporate houses. “Modi is a corporate sponsored candidate.”

Mistri said Modi’s dominance over BJP is so strong that achievements of other chief ministers of BJP-ruled states seldom get prominence.

He also sought to dispel what he termed the myth surrounding reports of development of Gujarat.

Mistri said he is in UP to thwart the attempts of Modi and his supporters to entrap the state.

Apparently hinting that factionalism within the state Congress unit was his biggest concern, Mistri asked UP leaders to remove their differences and fight for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls unitedly.

Mistri met some UP Congress leaders and discussed strategies to revive the party.

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