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Congress to hold women’s marathons in Lucknow, Jhansi

While the minimum age for participation has been fixed at 16 years, the party said that there will be no entry fees for the participants.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: December 27, 2021 4:01:13 am
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The Congress on Sunday organised a marathon for women in Jhansi district. The party claimed that more than 10,000 women participated in the event that was held as part of its outreach programme for women in the upcoming polls.

Earlier this week, the Congress had announced it would organise marathons in Jhansi and Lucknow. But after it was not granted permission to hold the event in Lucknow, the party said the marathon would be held at Ekana stadium in the city on December 28.

Speaking about the Jhansi marathon, Congress spokesperson Anshu Awasthi said, “Without using government buses and resources, more than 10,000 women took part in the marathon on Sunday in Jhansi. The marathon event was a huge success. Every woman in the state is connecting with the Congress’s slogan Ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon [I am a girl, and I can fight].” He added that, “Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister) is against women, and that is why the government didn’t allow us to hold the event in Lucknow.”

Lucknow Commissioner DK Thakur said, “For administrative reasons, the permission was not granted for an open event. We have given them permission to hold it in a stadium on December 28.”

Jhansi resident Chhaya Thakur won Sunday’s marathon. Youth Congress president Srinivas BV was the chief guest at the event.

The Congress has announced it will give 40 per cent of the tickets for the upcoming state elections to women. It has also released a special manifesto for women.

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