Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday met Samajwadi Party candidate Anita Yadav who were manhandled and her saree was pulled by the BJP workers during nomination of block panchayat polls in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking to the reporters at Semra village in Pathgava block of the Kheri district, Gandhi attacked the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh over violence in local elections and said every woman in India has a right – protected by the constitution – to fight elections. She also demanded that the recent panchayat elections held in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh be cancelled, and re-polls be held.
On July 9, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had alleged that the BJP workers misbehaved and pulled the sarees his party candidate of Ritu Singh and her proposer Anita Yadav.
A disturbing video that shows the Samajwadi Party worker being manhandled and her saree being yanked, had sent shockwaves, prompting sharp questions by critics and opposition leaders on the state of law and order in UP.
Gandhi has often picked the issue of women safety to hit out at Yogi Adityanath who have praised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi over its Covid handling and states performance in maintaining the law and order situation. She even hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said PM Modi is praising the state government even though a large number of districts witnessed violence.
Later she tweeted that she will write to the State Election Commission on violence orchestrated by the BJP workers against all the sisters and citizens during the UP panchayat elections. She tweeted in Hindi those who are trying to disrobe democracy should listen – women will become block heads, MPs, Chief Minister and Prime Minister.
Currently, Priyanka Gandhi is on her two-day Lucknow visit as the Congress tries to regain lost ground ahead of state elections next year.
Her remarks come nearly a week after the BJP had claimed “historic victory” in the polls in a setback for opposition parties.
UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu was also present during Gandhi’s meeting with Ritu and Anita.
The visuals of violence and clashes in many districts of Uttar Pradesh were rounding on social media platform during local polls in Uttar Pradesh. In Hathras, a Samajwadi Party leader was injured after being shot while Chandauli district had reported a clash between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party workers. Similar incidents were reported in at least 17 districts including Etawah, Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Pratapgarh and Sonbhadra districts.