Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday signaled Barabanki’s “pratigya yatras” in Uttar Pradesh with multiple promises, including loan waivers for farmers and jobs for 200,000 people if they voted for power in next year’s Assembly polls. She also pledged a separate manifesto for women within a week and stressed that their participation in politics is necessary.
His other pledges on Saturday included a minimum support price of ??2,500 per quintal for wheat and paddy, state advisory price (SAP) of ??400 per quintal for sugar cane, halving electricity bills, exempting contributions from the Covid-19 period and financial aid from ??25,000 to families affected by Covid-19.
“We have renounced the loans of ??72,000 crore earlier. We will again forgo farmer loans and cut electricity bills in half. The government of Chhattisgarh buys paddy for ??2500 per quintal. We will buy paddy at the same price. We will also give SAP of ??400 per quintal to sugar cane producers, ”she said on Saturday.
Earlier this week, Priyanka pledged 40% party tickets to women for the assembly ballots, smartphones to girls in grade 12 and scooters to female graduates.
“We won’t be able to foster development and solve some problems unless women step up and participate in government. Congress wants to give 40% tickets to women to make sure they are able to fight their battles. We are releasing a separate manifesto for women, and the announcement of smartphones and electric scooters for girls is one of the promises made in the manifesto for women which will be released within a week, ”Priyanka said.
She said several contract workers had met with her over the past two years and that the party, once elected to power, would regularize their jobs.
“I came here to understand their problems and the situation here,” she said.
Before making the promises, Priyanka had a brief interaction with a group of women in a paddy field in Barabanki. The women have been seen offering him jaggery and food.
Priyanka also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “bad” situation of farmers and the failure to sack Union Minister of State at home Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni, whose son Ashish Mishra was arrested in connection with the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. The minister and his son have repeatedly denied his alleged involvement in the incident.
“You know how farmers were killed by the son of a minister in Narendra Modi’s government. This incident is a testament to the way the Modi government treats farmers. The accused’s father continues to be a minister in the Modi government, ”Priyanka said.
Reacting to Priyanka’s pledges, BJP Uttar Pradesh Vice President Vijay Pathak said, “Congress has called the poll pledges its pratigya. People will take a call because the party has not been able to keep its promises in the past. ”
Priyanka spoke briefly at the launch of the pratigya yatra, which was signaled from Harakh Bazaar in Barabanki, with the slogan “Hamari saat pratigyayen, hum vachan nibhayenge (Our seven promises, we will keep our pledge)”.
The other two yatras left Varanasi and Saharanpur on the same day. The yatras will cover major cities, towns and villages in the state until November 1. The party’s fourth yatra will be launched from Gorakhpur after Diwali.