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Priyanka flags off Congress’ ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from UP’s Barabanki

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Priyanka flags off Congress’ ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from UP’s Barabanki

Lucknow: To take Congress’s seven “pratigyas” – resolutions or say poll promises including free e-scooters and smartphones for girl students, ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections – general secretary and Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday flagged off one of the three “Pratigya Yatras” from Barabanki.

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The Congress leader, who had earlier announced to give 40 per cent tickets to women in the elections besides smartphones to Class 12 pass girls and an e-scooty to graduate girls, also unveiled other resolutions of the party.

“Some key promises of our manifesto are free e-Scooty and mobile phones for school girls, farm loan waiver, ₹ 25,000 per year to poor families, electricity bill half for all and full waiver of pending electricity bills of Covid period,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra while kicking off the yatra.

The 10-day “Pratigya Yatras” will take three routes: Varanasi to Rae Bareli, Barabanki to Jhansi, and Saharanpur to Mathura. The rallies led by Congress leaders will include temple visits, road shows, community outreach and meetings with influencers.

Head of the Congress campaign committee and former Barabanki MP PL Punia said Priyanka would on Saturday share the “saat sankalpa” (seven resolutions) for the upcoming Assembly elections.

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One of these resolutions — giving away free e-scooters to college girl students and smartphones to those who have cleared their Class 10 exam, and reserving 40% of Congress’s tickets for women — was recently announced by Priyanka.

The Varanasi-Rae Bareli rally will be led by former MP Pramod Tiwari and former MLA Nadeem Javed and will cover Chandauli, Pratapgarh, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra and Amethi.

Led by former Union Minister Pradeep Jain Aditya and former state minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, the Barabanki-Jhansi yatra will cover parts of central UP and Bundelkhand region, which includes districts such as Lucknow, Unnao, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun.

The third yatra will pass through parts of western UP, including Muzaffarnagar, Bijnore, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Aligarh, Hathras and Agra. It will be helmed by former Union Minister Salman Khurshid and party leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam.

Siddiqui on Friday said the first “pratigya” was setting aside 40% of the Congress tickets for women, and free smartphones and e-scooters while the rest six would be shared by Priyanka during the flag off ceremony.

Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhna Mishra said the “pratigyas” would be different from the party manifesto.

The yatra will cover 12,000 kilometres. Various press conferences, ”nukkad sabhas”, temple visits, roadshows, Jan Sabhas, etc will be held during the yatra.

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Ms Gandhi Vadra has been taking on the UP government on a number of issues, including the death of four farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri earlier this month. This week she was detained by police (for the second time in a month) after she tried to visit the family of a man who died in police custody.

The Congress-led Punjab and Chhattisgarh governments on Friday handed over cheques to the families of four farmers and a journalist, who were mowed down by a convoy in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. The two governments had separately announced Rs 50 lakh each to the family of the journalist and four farmers.

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