Support Congress for your rights in politics: Priyanka Gandhi to women | India News

CHITRAKOOT: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday sought women’s support to her party in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, telling them to seek their rights in politics.
Priyanka Gandhi exhorted women to support her party weeks after promising to give 40 per cent of her party tickets to women candidates in the UP assembly elections next year.
Addressing a women’s gathering here as part of her “ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon” (I’m a girl and can fight) campaign, the Congress general secretary asked them to rally behind her party, saying she wants to be part of their struggle.
“I have come here to talk to you as you have to make up your mind. You are half the population, raise your voice. Come together and seek your rights in politics,” she exhorted women.
“Why are you helping the government which is doing nothing for you?” she asked.
“If a woman is contesting, close your eyes and vote for her without thinking anything else at the time of voting as she will stand with you in your struggle,” Priyanka Gandhi said, apparently referring to Congress candidates.
Priyanka Gandhi also referred to her recent meeting with some ASHA workers who were earlier allegedly beaten up by police while trying to raise their demands at a public meeting of chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Will you get your rights if you seek them from the very people who beat you when you raise your voice?” she asked, adding “You will have to fight for it, don’t ask for your rights from those who have committed atrocities.”
The AICC leader said in one and a half years that she has been working in the state, she has seen the women’s struggle from close quarters and wants to be a part of their struggle and help them raise their voice.
In a lighter vein, she told women participants that her slogan “ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon” does not mean going back home and fighting with husbands.
“Or else, they all will turn against me,” she said.
Referring to her party’s resolve of giving 40 per cent tickets to women, she said, “Your participation in politics is definite, the initiative that has been taken by the Congress cannot be reversed, women fighting in elections will bring a change in politics and society.”
“No political party will be able to stop them, all will have to take the same initiative and give women their rights,” she asserted.
She also took a dig at the government’s free LPG cylinder scheme, saying, “But the women are not able to get it filled because of high prices.”
“The government thinks all can be achieved by giving gifts, it does not want to recognise your strength, not help you move ahead. When you try to move forward, you face problems,” she said.
Recalling migrant workers’ long march during their return home amid the Covid lockdown, Gandhi alleged that now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to the area on November 19, buses are being arranged in advance to ferry people to his rally.
Emphasising the importance of her promise to field 40 per cent of women candidates from her party, she said only women can fight for women and unless they reach the assembly, no woman-centric policies could be framed.
She said 40 per cent participation is a beginning and added that in the next Lok Sabha elections, she wants to give 50 per cent of party tickets to women.
Elaborating upon the significance of her pro-women initiatives, Priyanka Gandhi also read out her party promises to women and others.
The promises included giving smartphones and scooters to girls, providing for 20 lakh government jobs with 40 per cent share to women, Kendriya Vidyalaya-like schools for women in all districts and vocational training for them.
“I want that we all come together and change the state and its politics where there is a lot of violence and cruelty,” she said.

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