Months ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Congress party has decided that it will give 40 per cent of the total election ticket to women in the state.
Addressing a press conference, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “The Congress party has decided that it will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women. These tickets will be given on the basis of merit and not just on the basis of caste or religion.”
“I have taken this decision for women’s empowerment. There is no other political motive, agenda behind this decision,” she added.
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government in the state over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, she said, “Unfortunately, those who mow down people in the state are protected by the Centre and those who get killed, mowed down plead for justice here.”
“We all saw what happened in Hathras, Lakhimpur….what do you expect from such a BJP government,” she said. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of Uttar Pradesh.
Reacting to the Congress move, BSP supremo and former Chief Minister Mayawati in a tweet termed the Congress move a election stunt
1. कांग्रेस जब सत्ता में होती है व इनके अच्छे दिन होते हैं तो इनको दलित, पिछड़े व महिलाएं आदि याद नहीं आतीं, किन्तु अब जब इनके बुरे दिन नहीं हट रहे हैं तो पंजाब में दलित की तरह यूपी में इनको महिलाएं याद आई हैं व उन्हें 40 प्रतिशत टिकट देने की घोषणा इनकी कोरी चुनावी नाटकबाजी।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) October 19, 2021