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Unnao rape victim’s mother candidate in UP election

Other than the mother of the Unnao rape victim, Ramraj Gond, who spearheaded the tribal struggle for land in Umbha village, Sonbhadra, is a name to reckon with

The INC today announced its first list of 125 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, which includes 50 women, with Asha Singh, the mother of the Unnao rape victim, and Ramraj Gond, who had spearheaded the Gond tribals’ legal battle over land in Umbha village in Sonbhadra, being the two that have turned the list interesting for a party that is struggling to survive in the state. Gond is the president of the Sonbhadra Congress committee.

The other candidates include Poonam Pandey, an Asha worker who was allegedly roughed up by the police while trying to meet UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Shahjahanpur in November last year, and Congress leader Sadaf Jafar, who was in jail in connection with the anti- stir in the state.

“Out of the total 125 candidates, 40 per cent are women and 40% are the youth. With this historic initiative, we hope to bring in a new kind of politics in the state,” Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in a virtual press conference.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, “In Unnao, whose daughter was wronged by the BJP, now she will become the face of justice — will fight, will win!”

While answering questions after the announcement, Gandhi Vadra said, “The real purpose of politics is to serve the people. It’s true that that has changed, but we want to change it back.”

The INC general secretary said, “We will fight on issues of development, health, education, employment, and social sector.”

On being asked if she would contest in the Uttar Pradesh election, she said, “What I’ve started in UP, I will continue fighting for that. I want to strengthen our party so that we can continue to bring issues that matter on the main stage.”

The Uttar Pradesh election will be held in seven phases from 10 February to 7 March.

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