Farah Naeem is making headlines by quitting her party, Congress, on January 27 and accusing one of the party’s leaders of defamation. The former congressional candidate’s allegations and her resignation have put the political party and its image under fire.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi is campaigning and promoting the idea of women empowerment in Uttar Pradesh and has made sure that women benefit from her platform for the UP 2022 election. One of the members of his own party accused another party member of making disparaging remarks about his religion and character. MP and election candidate Farah Naeem quit the Congress party ahead of the 2022 elections due to misconduct.
Who is Farah Naeem?
Farah Naeem, the Muslim candidate running in the UP Congress elections in Shekhpur constituency, tendered her resignation on 27 January. She accused the party’s district chairman, Onkar Singh, of defamation and indecent comments about his participation in the elections. Farah alleged that the president alleged that she had “not enough money to survive” and said that “Muslim women should not have tickets and I am a woman without character”.
Continuing her accusations, she also claimed that Onkar Singh threatened her and also tried to block her election ticket. Therefore, she cannot run for office if he is still in the party. Asking if the reason for her resignation was Onkar’s comments about her, Farah Naeem said that Onkar Singh’s allegations hurt her and she decided to fight against such behavior towards her and to other women.
Meanwhile, Farah hailed Priyanka Gandhi’s efforts and initiative to make women’s safety and well-being a program for the UP 2022 elections and said her inspiration to fight injustice came from the slogan of the Congress for its campaign for women, Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon.
Farah reportedly said in an interview, “Women are not safe in the Badaun unit of the party. The job I did for my candidacy and fought to get the ticket to contest the election, Onkar Singh slandered my character to stop it. He said Muslim women should not be given tickets. Congress needs the votes of every section and community of society.
Farah Naeem’s allegations are expected to have a negative effect on Congress’s image and electoral campaign in the 2022 UP elections. The party, under the leadership of Party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, is working to win public and women’s support by publishing the pink manifesto and donating 40% of election tickets to female candidates.
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