Congress has lost its existence in UP: BJP

Lucknow, July 23: Targeting the Congress campaign on '27 Saal UP Behaal', the BJP on Saturday, said the party has lost their existence in Uttar Pradesh and the public has rejected their government. "Uttar Pradesh has already been freed from Congress. Congress doesn't exist in Uttar Pradesh. No matter what strategy Congress adopts, the public has rejected their government," said Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prashad Maurya. Maurya added, "If the Congress wouldn't have agreed to fight for Lok Sabha election in an agreement with SP in Uttar Pradesh, then both, the Congress President and her son wouldn't have been present as the member of Parliament." Earlier in the day, the Congress formally launched its campaign for the Uttar Pradesh polls with party supremo Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi flagging off a bus yatra '27 Saal UP Behaal' from the party office in 24, Akbar Road. In the road show, the party aims to highlight 27 years of poor governance since it lost power in the 1989 state elections to the now-defunct Janata Dal. The politically crucial Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in early 2017. In the 2012 assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party secured a simple majority in the 403-member assembly, winning 224 seats with the BSP and BJP bagging 80 and 47 seats respectively.