India's Congress Party pins revival on women in major state poll

19/1/2022 4:25:00 AM

India's Congress Party pins revival on women in major state poll

https://str.sg/wQjcNEW DELHI (BLOOMBERG) - An actress jailed for protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial citizenship law, the mother of a rape survivor, and a beauty pageant winner. These are the women leading India's once-dominant Congress party as it seeks to reinvent itself in a hotly contested state election.

The slew of female candidates in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh is part of a new campaign led by Ms Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a scion of India's once-powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.With a catchy slogan"I'm a girl and I can fight" in Hindi, the campaign underscores the growing importance of women voters in the world's largest democracy.

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sg/wQjc NEW DELHI (BLOOMBERG) - An actress jailed for protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial citizenship law, the mother of a rape survivor, and a beauty pageant winner. These are the women leading India's once-dominant Congress party as it seeks to reinvent itself in a hotly contested state election.  In an Instagram post on Monday (17 January), the 22-year-old, who landed in Singapore on Sunday, revealed her diagnosis. The slew of female candidates in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh is part of a new campaign led by Ms Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a scion of India's once-powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month. With a catchy slogan"I'm a girl and I can fight" in Hindi, the campaign underscores the growing importance of women voters in the world's largest democracy. Thank you for all the love and care, it means a lot to me especially during this time. Ms Vadra has pledged 40 per cent of Congress party's candidates for the 403-seat state assembly will be women. Based on teeth marks on the cub and other pathological signs in its brain, spleen, lymph nodes, and lung tissues, researchers said the cub may have died after a fight with other animals some time after it began showing Covid-19 symptoms.

She has met that promise in the first list of candidates her party announced for the state polls that will be carried out in seven phases starting from Feb 10." Last Friday, Yeo was advised by her doctor to withdraw from her quarter-final tie with Thailand's Supanida Katethong.. The election results will be released March 10. "If you have suffered in the past, you have to fight and grab power to fight for your rights," Ms Vadra said in a video posted on Twitter last week.17 said on Instagram that she had not been feeling well even before her round-of-16 win over India's Anupama Upadhyaya on Thursday, and it got worse afterwards. Congress party's list of candidates is a new kind of politics, she added. India is no stranger to powerful female politicians.6 deg C throughout the night," said Yeo. The US department of agriculture reported last year that more than a third of white-tailed deer in the state of Ohio were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus with evidence of deer-to-deer spread.

Ms Vadra's grandmother and former prime minister, Ms Indira Gandhi, towered over India's politics for decades, while West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati have wielded considerable power. While political parties have courted female voters, it has not translated to greater numbers of women lawmakers. Yeo was meant to take part in this week's Syed Modi International in Uttar Pradesh, but returned to Singapore instead. India was ranked 147th of 193 nations last year on the percentage of women in its powerful lower house, according to data released by Inter-Parliamentary Union. During the 2017 polls in Uttar Pradesh, when the BJP's Hindu hardline leader Yogi Adityanath swept his party to victory, less than a tenth of the candidates fielded across party lines were women. Reigning world champion when semi-final opponent Brian Yang of Canada conceded a walkover after being ill. They saw little success with only 39 clinching seats then, according to a tracker by Ashoka University. “Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in free ranging leopard when incidences of human Covid-19 have dropped to significantly lower level underlines the necessity to intensify the screening and check for development of carrier status in wild felids,” the scientists wrote in the study.

With about half as many people as the European Union, Uttar Pradesh is seen as a major indicator of national mood ahead of the next general election in 2024.  Meanwhile, Singapore's mixed doubles duo Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han stunned Malaysia's world No. Congress party won just seven seats in the last state polls as it has struggled to gain traction since the BJP come to power in 2014. Fighting Girls The women fielded by Congress party are diverse. Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at. Ms Sadaf Jafar, the actress who was jailed for her role in demonstrations against a religion-based citizenship law is now a Congress spokeswoman. Another candidate Poonam Pandey, led a protest for wages by women frontline workers who are helping India to achieve its vaccination targets.

The rape survivor's mother has promised to work for the poor in her district if she is elected. Her daughter's rapist, a former powerful legislator, has been found guilty for sexual assault as well as murder and was sentenced to life in prison. For Ms Vadra, who in 2019 formally joined the Congress party that her family has controlled for most part since India's independence in 1947, the gambit is crucial. Her party has seen its star decline in Uttar Pradesh over the last two decades. It remains to be seen if the BJP and its rival for power in the state, the Samajwadi Party, see this as a serious challenge.

So far the BJP fielded 10 women out of a 107 candidates while Samajwadi Party is putting forward one female candidate from its alliance with a regional party. "When one party promises, other parties try to match it," said Prof Sudha Pai, a professor at the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. While fielding more women might help Congress party gain some seats, India's tilt toward Hindu nationalism and protests by the farmers who forced Mr Modi to reverse new agriculture laws may overshadow the effort, she added. "It doesn't take away the fact that the Congress party hardly has an organisational structure and workers on the ground," she said."So how far it will help in reviving the party is very questionable.

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