Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday asked the women to start fending for themselves."Suno Draupadi, shastra utha lo. Ab Govind Na aayenge. Kab tak aas lagaogi tum, bike hue akhbaron se. Kaisi Raksha maang rahi ho, Dushasan ke darbaron se. (Listen Draupadi, take up arms because now Govind will not come. How long will you wait for justice from newspapers that are already sold. What kind of protection are you seeking from Dushasan`s court.)," she said.

She said that this time, the talk of giving 40 percent tickets to women in Assembly elections is just a beginning."I want half the population of women to contest 50 percent of seats in the 2024 elections. The mobile will help in your safety and the scooty will help you in your studies. All journeys will be free for women in the government buses and 40 percent provision already exists for women in government posts," she said.

Priyanka Gandhi targeted the BJP government and said that a minister`s son crushed the farmers in Lakhimpur but the government helped him. Priyanka, on Wednesday, was interacting with a group of about 5000 women at Ramghat on the banks of the Mandakini river and heard their problems. Priyanka Gandhi assured them that Congress would stand by them and help them in every possible way to solve their problems.

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The program that focused on the `Ladki hoon, lad Sakti hoon` slogan, saw women from all strata of society - mainly low-income groups - listening attentively to the Congress leader`s programs for women empowerment. Priyanka Gandhi also offered prayers at the famous Matgajendra Shiv temple in Chitrakoot.

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