Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon Marathon cancelled: Indian National Congress has cancelled the upcoming "Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon" marathons in districts of Noida, Varanasi, Meerut and other places. The decision comes after a stampede like situation had emerged on January 4 in Bareilly during the marathon. A video of the incident had made it to social media, leading to backlash. Subsequently, an FIR was lodged against the District Congress Chief Mirza Ashfaque Saqlaini.
Earlier today, Indian National Congress announced its decision to cancel all the scheduled marathons under "Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon" that were to take place in different districts of Uttar Pradesh due to deteriorating COVID-19 situation in the country.
As per the reports, some girls sustained injuries during the event in Bareilly while many had also raised concerns volition of COVID-19 protocols during the event. Senior Superintendent of Police in Bareilly, Rohit Singh Sajwan said that- "case has been lodged on Tuesday night against the organisers of the marathon after probe by the district administration".
The video that went viral showed hundreds of girls waiting for the marathon to get started. However, as soon as it began, girls in the first row fell down and the girls following them also lost their balance.
Uttar Pradesh, like other states in the country, is facing the threat of the third wave with rising cases of coronavirus and its new variant omicron. On January 4, the state recorded more than 900 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has also cancelled the rally in Noida as the district reported the highest COVID case in the state.
About Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon:
"Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon" is a campaign line coined by Uttar Pradesh General Secretary for Congress, Priyanka Gandhi, for the upcoming state election. The line particularly translates to" I am a girl, I can fight". The video song was launched in December 2021 from the accounts of Priyanka Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Congress Official.
The campaign targets women voters in the state, also promising 40 percent tickets to women candidates. Congress Party has also promised smartphones to class 12 pass girls and electric scooters to graduating women, alongside skill development schools for women as a part of its manifesto.