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BJP turns its focus on women voters in UP, launches ‘kamal kitty club’

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As the Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh enters a crucial phase, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is turning its focus on women voters with prominent faces from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan campaigning for the saffron camp. The first two phases of the UP polls witnessed an increased number of women turning up to exercise their franchise on the voting day. Political parties are now going all-out to reach out to them by conducting door-to-door campaigns.

The BJP has fielded a total of seven co-election in-charges for the high-stakes election in Uttar Pradesh, of whom three are women leaders. The BJP launched the 'kamal kitty club' to attract women voters on the lines of kitty parties (social gatherings of women). The saffron camp has engaged ‘pravasi’ women who are going door-to-door since February 10 to talk to women voters.

The ‘kamal kitty club’ is scheduled to go on for 15 days. every pravasi worker is campaigning for candidates in five assembly seats in Lucknow. "Whenever we go and meet women they say that they are satisfied with the way the women are being treated here with respect since the BJP formed the government here. Moreover, they are happy with the schemes initiated and implemented for them," Sita Negi, Nagar Adhyask, BJP Mahila Morcha of Lucknow said. Richa Vasisht from the BJP women's wing in Haryana said, "My duty is in 172 Uttar Vidhan sabha. Women are turning up in large numbers on polling days and that shows what the BJP government has done. Wherever we are going the women are welcoming us with warmth."

Meanwhile, BJP's Anjani Srivastava is pitted against Samajwadi Party's Armaan Khan in Lucknow West Assembly constituency. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh commenced on February 10 and are being conducted in seven phases. The third phase of UP polls will be held on February 20.



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