Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India], January 17 (ANI): The Congress has fielded actor Archana Gautam, as its candidate from Meerut’s Hastinapur which is considered to be the ‘ancient holy’ city, for the upcoming Assembly elections. Archana had joined the Congress party in November 2021.
Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had announced that the party will give 40 per cent women candidates in the upcoming Assembly elections. The Congress has given tickets to women belonging to different sections of society, including Archana.
On Thursday, the party rolled out its first list of 125 candidates for the Assembly elections which are due to be held in seven phases from February 10 and the list includes 50 women candidates.
Speaking to ANI on Friday, the actor-model said that if she wins the Hastinapur seat, then the main focus will be on development work. She also said that tourism will be encouraged.
“Hastinapur is a tourist place and there are lots of ancient temples but people are not able to come here because of the connectivity problem. After becoming an MLA, my first priority will be to build a bus stand and a railway station. If tourism gets a boost, more tourists will come and people will get employment, she added.
She further said that she will also work for the farmers. “Every year because of the flood, crops are damaged so I will work for that. I will take this matter to the State Assembly. There is only one sugar mill here and because of this, farmers face a lot of problems. So to save their time, I will open more sugar mills,” she added.