Priyanka Gandhi promises smartphone, e-scooters to girls if Congress forms next govt in UP


In an announcement made by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday, if her party forms a government in Uttar Pradesh, all class 12 pass girls will be given a smartphone while all graduate girls will get an electronic scooty.

“Yesterday I met some girl students. They said that they need smartphones for their studies and their security. I am happy that today the UP Congress has decided, with the consent of the manifesto committee, that it will provide smartphones to inter pass girls and electronic scooties to graduate girls on coming to power,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

Along with the tweet the Congress national general secretary and in charge of party affairs in UP also attached a video of a group of girls interacting with media persons, saying they got pictures clicked with her.

One of the students is seen saying that Priyanka Gandhi asked them if they had phones for clicking selfies. “We said we neither have phones nor are they allowed in colleges. She then asked us if she should get it announced that girls should get phones and we said what more can we ask for our safety,” the student said in the video.

The girls said Priyanka Gandhi has also reprised them about the Congress slogan “ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon”.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress leader had announced that her party will give tickets to 40 percent of women in the coming assembly elections in UP. The move, Priyanka claimed, will make women, who constitute roughly half the electorate, a full-fledged partner in power. It is also aimed at empowering every woman who wants justice, change and unity of her state and also against the efforts to divide them into caste and religion that is stopping them from emerging as a force, as stated by the Congress leader.