BJP attacks Priyanka over Cong ‘concern for women’ | India News

BJP attacks Priyanka over Cong ‘concern for women’ | India News

VARANASI: Union minister Anurag Thakur questioned Congress’s ‘concern for women’ in the run-up to the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and cited its alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the 2017 polls, a party which he said promoted ‘Goonda Raj’ in the state.
Asked about Congress’ women-centric campaign, including an announcement that it would give 40% tickets to women candidates in the upcoming polls, Thakur told TOI: “Congress allied with the very people who women feared and because of whom they could not get out of their homes. Will Priyanka Gandhi agree or not that Atik Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari flourished in UP due to SP’s patronage? This is my question to her. If yes, then why did they tie up with SP. Why did they not remember women then?”
The Information and Broadcasting minister, who is co-in charge of BJP’s UP campaign said BJP’s seat share in West UP will increase, discounting any negative impact of the issue of the now repealed farm bills.
“We have 6 yatras under way currently and I can say that in West UP, the enthusiasm is just the same. The farm bills were introduced for the benefit of the farm community and repealed also in the interest of the nation,” Thakur said on the sidelines of the Kashi Film Festival.
West UP has 76 seats in UP’s 403-member assembly. In 2017, BJP bagged 66 of these, while SP, BSP and Congress won four, three and two seats respectively.
Thakur exuded confidence that the development-centric campaign by PM Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath would succeeed as the BJP government had been able to put an end to SP’s “goonda and mafia raj”.
“We waived farm loans for 86 lakh farmers. There are 90 lakh people befitting from the old age pensions,” he said.

Assam Press