Congress Ladki Brigade fails to click in U.P., lone winner Aradhana Mishra steals show

Lucknow, Mar 08 (ANI): Congress supporters holding placards take part in the ‘Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon’ march on the occasion of International Women’s Day, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

Lucknow: In signs of very poor performance, the Congress’ star women candidates who entered fray on the slogan ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’, have secured less than 3,000 votes each and some even had to forfeit their deposits.
Reportedly party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had promised to give 40 per cent tickets to women candidates, the Congress fielded 148 of them, of which only one — Congress Legislature leader Aradhana Mishra Mona — secured victory.
Fielded from Unnao’s Sadar seat, the Congress had fielded Asha Devi, the mother of a rape victim. While Congress engaged team of workers from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to campaign, Devi bagged only 1,555 votes.
The family said that mother has definitely lost the election, but we want to support the struggle of women and victims. We will not back off.  The Congress had fielded Sadaf Jafar, who was jailed during the agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens, from the Lucknow Central Assembly seat. Jafar, however, could get only 2,927 votes.
Nida Ahmed of Sambhal, who entered politics leaving behind television journalism, also campaigned vigorously as a Congress candidate.
Nida secured only 2,256 votes.
Congress candidate from Hastinapur Archana Gautam has been ‘Miss Cosmo World 2018’, and ‘Miss UP 2014’. She is a graduate in mass communication and was the Dalit face of the Congress.
Gautam was also trolled for wearing a bikini. Gautam said she was disappointed with the defeat and was preparing for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections if Priyanka Gandhi Vadra gave her a chance.

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