Published: 21st October 2021
Priyanka Gandhi promises smartphones, scooty to female students if Congress wins UP elections
The Congress leader had already announced that her party will give tickets to 40 per cent of women in the coming assembly elections in UP to make them a full-fledged partner in power
After promising 40 per cent tickets to women in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced on Thursday that all Class 12 female students will be given a smartphone while all graduates will get an electronic scooter if her party is able to form a government in the state.
"Yesterday I met some girl students. They said that they need smartphones for their studies and their security. I am happy that today the UP Congress has decided, with the consent of the manifesto committee, that it will provide smartphones to inter pass girls and electronic scooters to graduate girls on coming to power," Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
The Congress national general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in UP also attached with her tweet a video of a group of school and college girls interacting with media persons, saying they got pictures clicked with her.
One of the students is seen saying that Priyanka Gandhi asked them if they had phones for clicking selfies.
"We said we neither have phones nor are they allowed in colleges. She then asked us if she should get it announced that girls should get phones and we said what more can we ask for our safety," the student said in the video.
"She asked us to study hard. I want that she continues to meet and talk to us like this," another student is seen saying in the video.
The girls said Priyanka Gandhi has also told them about the Congress slogan ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon.
On Tuesday, the Congress leader had announced that her party will give tickets to 40 per cent of women in the coming assembly elections in UP to make women, roughly constituting about half the electorate, a full-fledged partner in power.
The move, she claimed, is aimed at empowering every woman who wants justice, change and unity of her state and also against the efforts to divide them into caste and religion that is stopping them from emerging as a force.