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Ladies candidates in Congress first listing for UP polls: From Unnao rape sufferer’s mom to activist, mannequin & TV anchor

The Congress social gathering Thursday introduced its first listing of 125 candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Meeting elections. As promised by Congress common secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra within the run-up to the elections, the social gathering has fielded 40 per cent ladies candidates — numbering 50 nominees on this listing, most of whom can be first-time ballot contenders. These are a few of them:
Asha Singh, Unnao seat
She is the mom of Unnao rape sufferer. Within the horrific Unnao case, ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted for rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Sengar was additionally convicted within the loss of life of the sufferer’s father. Asha used to barely step out of her dwelling earlier than the 2017 incident and knew little in regards to the outdoors world. She lived in worry after the incident amid fixed threats, fearing for the lives of her daughter and different relations. However, now
she says the combat for justice for her daughter has modified her life. She says she is able to combat the election from the Unnao seat to step up her marketing campaign for justice.
Poonam Pandey, Shahjahanpur seat
Poonam Pandey is an Asha employee. Whereas demanding a rise of their honorarium final 12 months, Poonam together with different Asha employees had been allegedly roughed up by police whereas they had been marching in the direction of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow. A video of the incident had then gone viral. Later, Poonam, who had marks of harm on her face and a plastered proper hand, together with different Asha employees met Priyanka Gandhi. The Congress has now fielded her from the Shahjahanpur constituency.

Sadaf Jafar, Lucknow Central seat
An actor-turned-activist, Sadaf Jafar was arrested on December 19, 2019 in Lucknow whereas she was doing a reside
Fb session throughout a protest towards the CAA-NRC. She was booked on the fees of try to homicide, rioting, felony conspiracy, assault on public servant, and many others. She was additionally amongst activists whose posters had been put up at outstanding crossings throughout Lucknow by the UP authorities, which described them as “rioters”. She had additionally obtained the federal government’s restoration discover asking her to pay for the harm of property throughout the protests that had turn into violent. After being declared because the Congress’s candidate from the Lucknow Central constituency, Jafar stated the federal government’s crackdown couldn’t reach “scaring” activists like her.

Ritu Singh, Muhammadi seat, Lakhimpur Kheri
Ritu Singh is a former SP employee. She was a SP-supported candidate for the put up of block chief of Pasgawan block
in Lakhimpur Kheri district final 12 months. She had charged that one in every of her election proposers had been manhandled by a piece of males to thwart her bid to file nomination. She had accused some BJP employees of allegedly tearing the garments of her supporters in a bid to cease them from changing into her proposers. A video of the incident turned viral on social
media and introduced Ritu to the highlight. She later joined the Congress after assembly Priyanka Gandhi alongside along with her household in Lucknow. “I used to be as soon as afraid that if I’m going to file my nomination papers then I might be overwhelmed by goons,” she says, including she is now nevertheless trying ahead to contest the Meeting election.
Pankhuri Pathak, Gautam Buddh Nagar
Hailing from Uttarakhand, Pankhuri grew up in Delhi. Her mother and father are docs. As a scholar of Delhi College, Pankhuri was joint secretary in DU’s Hansraj Faculty. She later joined the Samajwadi Social gathering and labored for its youth outfit. In 2016, she turned the social gathering’s first lady spokesperson, however early 2019, following variations with different social gathering members, she give up to hitch the Congress. He husband, Anil Yadav, additionally a former SP spokesperson, too resigned final 12 months and joined the Congress. Pankhuri is presently vice chairperson of the Congress’s UP Media Division.

Nida Ahmad, Sambhal
Born to a Sambhal household related to the Congress, the 36-year-old Nida Ahmad started working as a journalist in Delhi almost 12 years in the past. A TV anchor, Nida has been a part of the Aaj Tak Group, Zee Media, Information India 24×7, amongst others. Earlier this week, she joined the Congress.
Archana Gautam, 26, Hastinapur
The Congress social gathering’s candidate from the Hastinapur seat (SC-reserved) in Meerut is Archana Gautam, a 26-year-old actress and mannequin. She is a recognized face in Hindi and Tamil movies. She had performed her commencement in journalism and mass communication from the IIMT, Meerut. She joined the Congress at an occasion in Lucknow final 12 months. Gautam had gained the Miss UP title in 2014 whereas learning on the IIMT. She gained the Miss Bikini India title in 2018 — the 12 months when she additionally represented India within the Miss Cosmos World and gained the Miss Expertise title.

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