UP election: actor-model Archana Gautam, now a candidate for Congress, has a request

Photographs of Archana Gautam in a bikini have gone viral on social media after Congress dispatched her from Hastinapur constituency of Meerut district.

Actor-model Archana Gautam has urged people not to merge her profession in the media industry with her political career after Congress sent her from Hastinapur constituency for the upcoming Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh. The Congress released its first list of 125 candidates for the assembly elections, which included 50 female candidates as part of its “Ladki hoon Lak Sakti hun” campaign. Following the announcement, bikini photos of beauty pageant winner Archana Gautam, who joined Congress in November 2021, went viral on social media.

“I represented India in Miss Bikini 2018. I was Miss Uttar Pradesh 2014 and Miss Cosmo World 2018. I ask people not to merge my profession in the media industry with my career in politics,” said Gautam at the ANI news agency.

Gautam said her main focus will be Hastinapur’s development work and tourism promotion if elected to the Assembly. Hastinapur has historical significance dating back to the Mahabharata period. According to the Sanskrit epic, Hastinapur was the capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata era.

“Hastinapur is a tourist place and there are a lot of ancient temples but people cannot come here because of connectivity. The first thing I will do as an MP is I will build a bus stand and a train station for connectivity. Because when tourism increases here, then people will find jobs,” she said.

“Every year because of the floods the crops are damaged, so I will work for this. I will take this matter to the state assembly. There is only one sugar mill here and because of which farmers are facing many problems. So to save time, I will open more sugar factories,” she added.

For UP polls, Congress also featured Asha Singh, the mother of Unnao’s rape victim, and Asha’s worker Poonam Pandey, who led the agitation for a fee hike. Louise Khurshid, wife of Congress leader Salman Khurshid, also received a ticket.

The seven-phase election in Uttar Pradesh will take place on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3-7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

(With ANI inputs)

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