Congress names 2017 Unnao rape victim’s mother as candidate for UP Assembly Elections

Lucknow/Bhubaneswar: The Indian National Congress (INC) has fielded the mother of 2017 Unnao rape victim as a candidate for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.

The name of the 19-year-old victim’s mother was released by Congress general Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday.

“Our list sends a new message that if you have been a victim of harassment and torture, the Congress will support you,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.  Forty per cent of the tickets have been reserved for women, Gandhi said.

Meanwhile in the Bharatiya Janata Party camp, another party MLA quit on Thursday, following in the footsteps of former BJP MLA Swami Prasad Maurya.

Mukesh Varma, the legislator from Shikohabad in Firozabad, handed his resignation.

In his letter addressed to the state BJP president, Varma alleged that Chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s government, in the past five years, has failed to address the problems of weaker sections, youths, farmers, Dalits and OBCs.

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