CHIKRAKOOT/LUCKNOW: Focused on reviving the Congress Party ahead of the 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Congress General Secretary and state party in-charge, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday urged the women to vote for women candidates so that they can understand their pain and work for their development.
Speaking to women in Chitrakoot, Priyanka said: “Women have an important role to play in the society. Besides home, they also work to help their families. I urge the women to vote for women candidates in the coming election as they are the one who will understand your pain and work for your development.” Also Watch & Read: Expressway Credit War: Day After 341- Km Launch by Modi-Yogi, Akhilesh Reaches Ghazipur
In keeping with the “support women” line, the party has decided to give 40 per cent candidature to women in elections as they form about 50 per cent of the population, she shared. “For their development, and so that they have representation in policy making, it is important to have participation of women in politics,” she added.
While exhorting women to stand up for their rights, she reiterated the slogan, ‘ladki hu, lad sakti hu’, while adding in jest: “It does not mean that you fight with your husband at home. Else they will get angry with me!”
Citing the example of women Asha Workers, Priyanka said,
“Asha and Aanganwadi workers work hard and after completing their jobs they go home and prepare food and take care of household work. Once Congress is voted to power, we will increase the salaries of such workers in the state.”
She once again targeted the Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath government for their inability to handle the migrant crisis in the state. “During the lockdown, people were forced to walk hundreds of kilometers on foot and the BJP government was unable to provide even the basic transport,” she said.
Priyanka also offered her prayers at Kamatanath and historic Matgajendra Shiv temple in Chitrakoot here.
Meanwhile, UP Congress spokesperson Pankaj Tiwari while speaking to The New Indian said that Priyanka has been very active in the state and tried to connect with people that have been suppressed.
“She (Priyanka Gandhi) reached Unnao, Hathras, Sonebhadra and Lakhimpur Kheri to express her support to the people,” Tiwari said.
Hinting at the communal divide, the party leader said: “Since the 1989 elections, the state has been divided on communal lines. The line even extends to religion and caste. This is exactly why there has been no development in the state.”
On politics over Purvanchal Expressway, Tiwari said, “The BJP has not inaugurated any project where they laid the foundation stone.” The service lanes as well as the expressway lay incomplete, he pointed.
“The BJP must remember that any party that inaugurates incomplete highway projects in Uttar Pradesh never returns to power in the following elections,” he warned.
The BJP which got 313 seats in 2017 assembly elections is seeking a second consecutive term in the state while the Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress are trying their best to find their lost ground in the most populous state.
The elections are due for the 403 member assembly early next year.