Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has released the first list of 125 candidates, including 50 women, for Uttar Pradesh elections.
Asha Singh, mother of the Unnao rape victim has got the ticket while Asha worker Poonam Pandey, who led agitation for a raise in honorarium, has been fielded from Shahjahanpur.
“Out of the total 125 candidates, 40 per cent are women and 40 per cent are youth. With this historic initiative, we hope to bring in a new kind of politics in the state,” she said at a virtual meeting.
There are 50 women candidates in the list, including the mother of Unnao rape survivor, said Vadra. “From Shahjahanpur, we have fielded Asha worker Poonam Pandey who led an agitation for a raise in honorarium,” she added.
She also went on to slam the current UP government which is at helm, led by CM Yogi Adityanath. “UP government is dictatorial. Our focus is to bring people’s issues, women and development in centrestage in Uttar Pradesh,” Priyanka added.
She also insisted that the Congress will not run a negative campaign, “we will run positive campaign for bright future of Uttar Pradesh.”
In the past few months, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced several women-centric promises including smartphones to Class 12 pass girls, electric scooters to graduating women, and skill development schools for women.
(With Agency inputs)