1/148: Congress’ ladies candidates failed, as did Ladki Hoon marketing campaign

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Lucknow, Mar 12: The Congress’ star ladies candidates, who entered the election fray as a logo of battle with the slogan ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’, secured lower than 3,000 votes every and needed to even forfeit their deposits.

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Residing as much as the celebration normal secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s promise to present 40 per cent of the tickets to ladies candidates, the Congress fielded 148 of them, of which just one – Congress Legislature chief Aradhana Mishra Mona – secured victory.

From Unnao’s Sadar seat, the Congress had fielded Asha Devi, the mom of a rape sufferer. The grand previous celebration had additionally engaged its group of workers from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to marketing campaign for her. Nonetheless, Ms Devi bagged only one,555 votes.

On Devi’s electoral defeat, her daughter informed PTI, “My mother has definitely lost the election, but we want to support the struggle of women and victims, and become their voice. We will not back off.” She stated she shunned getting into the fray this time, in opposition to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s want, as a result of she was younger, after which the Congress fielded her mom Asha Devi.

“I will contest the elections in 2027. I have already started preparations,” the rape sufferer asserted.

The Congress had fielded Sadaf Jafar, who was jailed in the course of the agitation in opposition to the Citizenship (Modification) Act and the Nationwide Register of Residents, from the Lucknow Central Meeting seat. Ms Jafar, nonetheless, may get solely 2,927 votes.

She stated, “The media polarised the election and made it only BJP vs SP, so people did not vote for other candidates. But I have started preparing for the next elections. Whether I lose or win, I will continue my struggle for the people of my area.”

Nida Ahmed of Sambhal, who entered politics abandoning tv journalism, additionally campaigned vigorously as a Congress candidate. Since Nida belonged to a political household of Sambhal, she commanded reputation among the many public, however couldn’t flip it right into a contest in her favour. Nida secured solely 2,256 votes.

She informed PTI, “I was cheated in the polls. I had over 150 votes of my family from two booths. But the EVMs on those polling booths registered only five votes from both the booths. Did my husband, my parents and siblings not vote for me? The votes of the public used to disappear… now the votes of the family, too, have disappeared.”

“I have definitely lost the election, but I have not lost courage. I will come back in the fray again and win,” she added.

Congress candidate from Hastinapur Archana Gautam has been ‘Miss Cosmo World 2018’, and ‘Miss UP 2014’. She is a graduate in Mass Communication and was the Dalit face of the Congress. Ms Gautam was additionally trolled for sporting a bikini. She secured only one,519 votes.

“I got very little time for campaigning. I entered the fray 15 days prior to the polls, and in this short span of time, I campaigned in about 100 villages,” she stated.

Ms Gautam stated she was dissatisfied with the defeat and was getting ready for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections if Priyanka Gandhi Vadra gave her an opportunity.

One other candidate Ritu Singh had contested the elections from Lakhimpur Kheri’s Mohammadi Meeting.

Within the panchayat elections, she was harassed and her garments had been pulled. It was after this incident that the Congress normal secretary met her and received her to contest the Meeting polls. Ritu Singh, nonetheless, received simply 2,419 votes.

Neha Tiwari, the elder sister of Khushi Dubey, a co-accused in Kanpur’s notorious Bikru case, was fielded by the Congress from Kalyanpur Meeting seat in Kanpur. Although a number of outstanding leaders of the celebration campaigned fiercely for her, she received solely 2,302 votes.

Uttar Pradesh Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh stated the election outcomes of its ladies candidates will likely be reviewed. He stated there is no such thing as a disappointment within the celebration as a consequence of their defeat and the Congress will nonetheless proceed to work for girls.

Story first revealed: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 18:26 [IST]

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