A marathon organised by a Congress chief in Uttar Pradesh as a part of the get together’s “ladki hun, lad sakti hun (ladies can struggle)” election marketing campaign got here near a stampede of kinds this morning.
In visuals, tons of of ladies and teenage women had been seen with out masks on the marathon in UP’s Bareilly.
The large crowd of marathon individuals – most with out masks amid rising COVID-19 instances – crammed a complete street. As they began the long term, a couple of ladies within the entrance tripped and fell to the bottom, resulting in a quick scare as extra crowds from the rear pushed these within the entrance.
The scenario nearly led to a stampede; nobody was injured thankfully.
Congress chief and former Bareilly mayor Supriya Aron, who organised the occasion, stated there’s nothing to fret. “Hundreds in crowds additionally went to Vaishno Devi. What about that? See, it is a very human factor. These are schoolgirls and so they solely wished to come back out for a bit. But when anybody is offended for any cause, I need to apologise on behalf of the Congress,” Ms Aron stated.
The specter of COVID-19 and the fast-spreading Omicron variant looms over elections in states like Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, the place political events proceed to carry rallies. The Election Fee has stated political events need polls to be held with following strict COVID-19 security pointers.
The Congress, which has been lowered to a non-player in Uttar Pradesh, has been specializing in gender equality in view of the spiralling crime towards ladies within the state. A few of these instances – together with the gang-rape of a Dalit girl in Hathras, and a case in Unnao – made headlines and provoked outrage throughout the nation.
Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra first gave the “ladki hun, lad sakti hun” election slogan final month.
The BJP has additionally launched plenty of schemes for ladies within the politically essential state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has began tasks to switch greater than Rs 1,000 crore into the financial institution accounts of over 16 lakh ladies.
The Samajwadi Get together has tried to spotlight its initiatives for ladies undertaken through the get together governments led by Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.