Congress tries to etch a constituency for Priyanka Gandhi in UP with pink promises

The Congress’ women manifesto reads aptly as a resistance song beseeching and invoking action on women's empowerment. Photos: PTI

Ghar bhi chalaya hai maine

Main desh bhi chala sakti hun

Fasal ugayi in haathon ne

Sarhad pe bhi lad sakti hun

Main ladki hun

Lad sakti hun

(I have run the house

I can run the country

My hands have tilled the land

I can defend the country’s borders

I am a woman

I can be a warrior)

Based on the Mahishasurmardini ode, this is the campaign pitch with which Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi is attempting to raze to ground Yogi Adityanath’s iron-clad majority of 314 in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly and upset the caste cart of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati in early 2022.