NEW DELHI: At a time when most of the key political parties are focusing on caste-centric politics in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has been tasked with regaining the party’s lost ground in the political heartland, has decided to go ahead in the upcoming Assembly elections with women empowerment mandate and announced reservation of 40 per cent of its tickets in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections for women.
As per the announcement, Congress will field 161 women candidates in the UP Assembly election, which is slated for early next year. Congress had won only seven seats in the 403-member UP House in 2017 polls and in 2017 Assembly elections, only 40 women candidates had won the poll. In the state, out of a total of 14.05 crore voters, 6.3 crore are female and 7.7 crore are male electorates.
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