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Priyanka Gandhi announces 40% reservation for female candidates in UP elections

Public Lokpal
October 19, 2021

Priyanka Gandhi announces 40% reservation for female candidates in UP elections


Lucknow : Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday announced that the party will distribute 40 per cent tickets to women candidates in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Priyanka is in Lucknow today to review the party's preparedness for the upcoming Assembly elections. She has been tasked with reviving the Congress in Uttar Pradesh for the 2022 assembly election.

"The Congress party has decided that it will give 40% of the total election tickets to women in the state," Priyanka Gandhi told reporters.

She said that all women who want to bring about a change in the system, are welcome to come forward and contest elections. "Any woman who wants to contest can give an application till October 15," she said.Asked whether the same formula of 40 per cent reservation for women would be extended to the Congress-ruled states, including Punjab, Priyanka said, "I am in charge of UP and we have taken this decision here. If they (Punjab), they are welcome to implement the formula."Priyanka, when asked whether wives and daughters of leaders would not take advantage of this reservation, said, "What is wrong with that if it leads to empowerment. In Amethi, a village pradhan's wife contested and won elections. After some months, he met me and said that his wife has started making decisions in the house as well. This is empowerment."