Roshan Dilli - A Campaign To Light Up Public Spaces In Delhi And Make The City Safer For Women
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Congress Marks 130th Foundation Day in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi Not Present at Function

Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the party's 130th foundation day celebrations.
New Delhi: The Indian National Congress observed its 130th foundation day today. Party President Sonia Gandhi unfurled the Congress flag at the party headquarters, 24 Akbar Road, in the presence of senior leaders like former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni and Sheila Dikshit.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was not present and the party didn't offer any explanation.

The Congress party, established on December 28, 1885, has seen its political fortunes dip this year.

After losing power at the Centre in May, the party has lost assembly elections in most states.

This year alone, it lost power in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and most recently in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, two states where it was part of the ruling coalition.

In Jammu and Kashmir, however, the party has secured 12 seats and could play a crucial role in forging a grand alliance against the BJP.

When asked about Congress' role in government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Mrs Gandhi said, "We don't have the mandate of the people. Others will have to form the government."

Asked specifically about supporting the PDP, Mrs Gandhi didn't give a specific reply and smiled and walked away. Her colleague, Ghulam Nabi Azad, was more forthcoming and said the Congress has offered its support to the PDP, the single largest party in Jammu and Kashmir, and it is the PDP "who has to decide whose support it wants."

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About The Campaign

NDTV in partnership with UBER is launching a sustained campaign 'Roshan Dilli'  to try and raise safety standards in India's capital, New Delhi.

Our focus is to try and improve lighting in public spaces in the city. Lighting is a key factor in shaping women's perceptions of safety

The initiative will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss our goal of improving safety standards, to start a conversation about safety of women in the country

It will also highlight various interventions and solutions that help to make women safe and put the spotlight on what more can be done.

The campaign will accentuate the need for Safety to be a shared responsibility

The need for gender sensitization and how law enforcement and civil society through checks and education can try and make women safer

We hope you will join us and help make New Delhi a safer city for women.

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