NEW DELHI: Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday condemned those questioning party’s candidate Archana Gautam over her dresses and asked them not to pass judgement on those who have worked hard to achieve something in their lives.
Gautam, the 26-year-old model and actor, has been facing flak over the audio and visual content in her videos she posted.
One of her videos has triggered outrage in which she can be heard saying, “Guys meri poori tarah se p*** chuki hai. Thand main tab bhi mera fashion khatam nahi ho raha hai ..Meri ph*** ke haath mai aa gayee hai,” which loosely translates into ,”I can’t get rid of my fashion as fierce cold has blown up my body’s organs…” She can be seen posing in front of hills in minimum outfit amid a dense fog.
Gautam has deleted the post from her Instagram now but the video is readily available across social media.
Connecting with the party workers and people virtually, Priyanka Gandhi, who is also the incharge for Uttar Pradesh said, “Archana Gautam has worked hard and had fought her battle to come this far. The kind of questions she has been facing on the kind of clothes she wears and on marriage proposal is unfortunate. Nobody dares ask such questions of our male leaders. She is struggling and she wants to work for Hastinapur. Such questions are being raised to make her lightweight — just because she is a woman,” she said.
She was responding to a question on party’s candidate Archana Gautam from Meerut’s Hastinapur. The selection has been drawing flak from many over her clothing. Archana Gautam is a model and a Bollywood actor.
Commenting on stalling of ladki hu, lad sakti hu marathon, she said it has been down in view of covid pandemic. “We were getting a very good response for the marathon but looking at the present Covid wave, we have to put it on hold,” she said.
Commenting on a question on fielding Unnao rape victim and Asha worker, she said, “The kind of challenges they faced and atrocities they have to go through made the party and myself feel that they should be given a chance to fight. They have our complete support. Our motive is to tell the people that we are giving them chance because they were suppressed and crushed.”
“All the women candidates fielded by the party, have faced several challenges and trauma to get where they are today,” she said.
Asha Singh, Congress candidate from Unnao lost five family members. “She has faced atrocities and I appeal all women to fight and help our candidates,” she said.
The election Commission has banned all road shows, padyatras, public meeting till January 22 in view of Covid cases surging across the country.
The 403 member assembly of Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 and counting of votes will take place on March 10.
Riding on the shoulders of Priyanka Gandhi, the grand old party is trying to revive its fortunes in politic vital state where it has been out of power for 32 years since 1989.
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