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Last Updated: February 14, 2022, 23:41 IST
Polling for the second phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh ended at 6 pm on Monday. The state recorded 60.44 percent voter turnout till 5pm with Amroha, Moradabad and Saharanpur recording the highest turnout in the second phase. A total of 586 candidates, across 55 constituencies and nine districts, were in the fray in this phase.
An average voter turnout of 39.07 percent was recorded till 1 pm on Monday in Uttar Pradesh as polling for the second phase of the state assembly elections picked up pace after a slow start. Voting kicked off in 55 assembly seats spread across nine districts at 7 am. Additional Chief Election Officer Read More
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Jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s son Abbas Ansari on Monday filed his nomination papers from Mau Sadar seat as a candidate of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, an allay of the Samajwadi Party. As the administration was creating hurdles in filing my father’s nomination papers, I have filed the nomination today, Ansari told reporters. He alleged that the senior Ansari had been unconstitutionally kept in jail and that he will go to the people and take up their issues. Mau will go to polls in the seventh and last phase on March 7.
Claiming historic voting for the SP-RLD candidates, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said the people have subdued the garmi (haughtiness) of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the first two phases of the UP assembly elections. Yadav took on Adityanath saying he used to claim ahead of the elections that khoon ki garmi (haughtiness, enthusiasm) of the SP and RLD leaders would be subdued after the elections.
The Samajwadi Party on Monday alleged that tablets were distributed to students at a college here in violation of the model code of conduct for elections. Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Gajendra Kumar, however, said the tablets were distributed after permission from the Election Commission (EC). The tablet distribution took place in the PSM College this morning in which over 100 students were given tablets, the party claimed. When the SP leaders came to know about it, they reached the college and protested.
Samajwadi Party leaders say they want to work for development. Whom do they want to develop, themselves, their family, their siblings, or the people of Uttar Pradesh?: BJP President JP Nadda in Kursi, Barabanki
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday launched a blistering attack on Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, saying his ”goons” encroached on land belonging to the poor in five years, while the Yogi Adityanath government used bulldozers and freed land worth over Rs 2,000 crore. Addressing an election rally in support of BJP’s ally Apna Dal (S) candidate in Mauranipur, Shah said, ”In five years, Akhilesh’s goons occupied government and poor people’s land, but Yogi Adityanth got land worth Rs 2,000 crore freed by using bulldozers.” ”He (Akhilesh) provided different posts to 45 members of his family in the five years, while Prime Minister Modi sent 45 schemes to your houses,” he said.
Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami cast his vote during the second phase of Assembly elections in Amroha. “My appeal to the people is to come out and cast their votes,” Mohammed Shami said.
Polling officials seal Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and VVPATs after conclusion of second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections; visuals from a polling booth in Rampur Assembly constituency.
Residents of Narau village in Shekhupur Assembly constituency of Badaun boycotted voting for Assembly polls. “Villagers are protesting against inflow of wastewater from Ujhani Nagar Palika into the village that inundates their farms & pollutes potable water,” SDM says.
UP: Residents of Narau village in Shekhupur Assembly constituency of Badaun boycotted voting for Assembly polls
"Villagers are protesting against inflow of wastewater from Ujhani Nagar Palika into the village that inundates their farms & pollutes potable water," SDM says pic.twitter.com/yVMahd2fzQ
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) February 14, 2022
The voting turnout in the second phase in Uttar Pradesh has been recorded at 60.44% till 5pm. The districts of Amroha, Moradabad and Saharanpur have recorded the highest turnout among the districts in second phase.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Maywati on Monday said her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting the ongoing assembly polls with ”full might” in order to usher in ’achche din’ of governance in the state like it had done in 2007. Addressing a public event in Orai in Jalaun district of the Jhansi zone, where elections are scheduled on February 20 in the third phase of the polls, she went all guns blazing against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) as she pointed out the ills of their regimes in the state.
Samajwadi Party alleges VVPAT machine is throwing the slip of BJP on voting for Samajwadi Party at booth number 170 in Behat Assembly constituency in Saharanpur district. “The allegation has been found to be totally baseless,” says Additional CEO Brahm Dev Ram Tiwari.
मुरादाबाद ग्रामीण विधानसभा 27, बूथ संख्या- 417, साइकिल निशान पर वोट देने के बाद पर्ची कमल की निकल रही है। गंभीर आरोप है, चुनाव आयोग और जिला प्रशासन संज्ञान लेकर निष्पक्ष, पारदर्शी और भयमुक्त चुनाव सुनिश्चित करें। @ECISVEEP@ceoup @DMMoradabad pic.twitter.com/yqUem2i6ps
— Samajwadi Party (@samajwadiparty) February 14, 2022
Reiterating his ‘warning’ of Uttar Pradesh becoming like Kerala, West Bengal, or Kashmir if the BJP was not reelected, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said he had ‘alerted’ the people of the state ahead of the assembly elections. In response to the backlash over his remark that Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath told ANI in an interview that people were coming from Bengal and spreading anarchy in UP. “For this, it was necessary to alert people against it saying that ‘be alert – the security, respect that you are getting, people have come to disrupt that and do not let that happen’. It was my responsibility to alert people,” he said.
“BJP has been in power for two terms, why can’t they talk about anything without bringing Congress in between? No one can finish Congress; country has a constitution and freedom because of Congress. It doesn’t matter what PM Modi or UP CM Yogi say,” Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole said in response to Yogi’s statement on Congress.
People in Jhansi have announced that they will not get tricked by BJP’s fake promises. Small leaders of BJP are telling small lies, big leaders are telling big lies and their top leader is telling the biggest lies: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Jhansi
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds election campaign in Maudaha Assembly constituency in Hamirpur district, Uttar Pradesh #UttarPradeshElections pic.twitter.com/crKt5evAx6
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) February 14, 2022
The voting turnout in the second phase in Uttar Pradesh has been recorded at 51.93% till 3pm. The districts of Amroha, Moradabad and Saharanpur have recorded the highest turnout among the districts in second phase.
“Nobody can make up for the absence of Azam sahab. But if someone thinks that putting an innocent person behind bars is good, it is BJP’s misunderstanding. People consider it bad. They’ll see the reaction on 10th March,” Abdullah Azam Khan, son of Azam Khan and SP candidate from Suar said.
“The siblings (Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) are enough to ruin the Congress. No one else is needed for that,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.
When Akhilesh was in power, around 200 farmers died due to draught and starvation and over 300 cases of suicide were reported. When BJP came to power, it started India-Israel Bundelkhand water project to do away with problem of water scarcity: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Jhansi
As many as 586 candidates are in the fray in this phase. The 55 seats are spread across Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur districts.
As Uttar Pradesh votes in phase 2 of the seven-phase polls, chief minister Yogi Adityanath took a dig at Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, saying even he did not want tainted Azam Khan to come out of jail as it will pose a threat to his position. In an exclusive interview with news agency ANI, Adityanath said: “Even Akhilesh doesn’t want Azam Khan to come out of prison because his (Akhilesh Yadav) position will be in danger.” In the recent hearing, the Supreme Court refused to grant any relief to Azam Khan, who had sought interim bail to campaign in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Khan has been lodged in Sitapur jail since February 2020 last year over several cases registered against him. Slamming Yadav for trying to manipulate the narrative, the Chief Minister said that the SP chief should understand that these cases pertain to courts and not state governments.
Polling has begun for phase 2 of the high-stakes, seven-phase Uttar Pradesh elections as well as polls in Uttarakhand which will see big names such as chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, former CM Harish Rawat and several others in the fray. In Uttar Pradesh, polling will take place for 55 assembly seats in the second phase in which as many as 586 candidates are in the fray with the seats spread across nine districts – Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur. In the first phase, total voter turnout was over 62% with the highest voting in Shamli at 69.40%. The lowest polling was recorded in Ghaziabad at 55%. In the third phase, 59 seats will be up for polling in 16 districts. Security arrangements have been tightened in 17,000 polling booths across the state. The fate of 586 candidates will be decided in this phase. Muslims influenced by Barelvi and Deoband sects will be voting in this phase, and these areas are considered to be strongholds of the Samajwadi Party. In 2017, the BJP had won 38 seats out of 55 that went to the polls in the second phase. The SP and Congress, contesting in alliance, bagged 15 and two seats, respectively. Muslim candidates won in 10 of the 15 seats secured by the SP.
Among significant leaders contesting in the second phase are Azam Khan from Rampur, who is contesting the polls from behind bars, and state finance minister Suresh Khanna from Shahjahanpur. Khan’s son Abdullah Azam has been fielded from the Swar seat. He is pitted against Haider Ali Khan, the heir of another political family, the Nawabs of Rampur, who is trying his luck on the ticket of Apna Dal (Sonelal), a BJP ally.
Dharam Singh Saini, a former minister in the Yogi Adityanath-led cabinet who switched to the SP with some other well-known backward caste leaders, will also be contesting in this phase from the Nakud assembly segment. Other key players include Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of the Congress from Rampur, SP’s Supriya Aron from Bareilly Cantonment, Keerat Singh Gurjar from Gangoh and BJP’s Devendra Nagpal from Naugawan seat. Aron is the former mayor of Bareilly who switched to the SP from the Congress along with her husband. She was in the grand old party for 15 years. Other important candidates in the fray are outgoing minister of state for Jal Shakti Baldev Singh Aulakh from Bilaspur, minister of state for urban development Mahesh Chandra Gupta from Budaun, and minister of state for secondary education Gulab Devi from Chandausi.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand will see polling in 70 seats spread across 13 districts. Uttarakhand has an electorate of 81 lakh, 632 candidates, including 152 independents. Important candidates whose fate is to be decided tomorrow include CM Dhami and ministers in his cabinet Satpal Maharaj, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, Dhan Singh Rawat and Rekha Arya.
Dhami is contesting from his current assembly seat Khatima, while four-time MLA and state BJP president Madan Kaushik is contesting from Haridwar. Minister Dhan Singh Rawat is contesting from Srinagar and pitted against state Congress president Ganesh Godiyal.
Voting will begin at 8am and conclude at 6pm in Uttarakhand where there will be 11,697 polling booths. It will be the fifth assembly election to be held in the hill state after its creation in 2000. Seeking a second consecutive term for the BJP, its stalwarts have warned voters against the Congress’ “policy of appeasement” and have highlighted the road, rail and air connectivity projects underway in the state and the ones in the pipeline besides the reconstruction of Kedarnath over the past five years.
The BJP had won 57 out of the 70 seats in Uttarakhand in the last assembly polls limiting Congress to just 11. Two seats had gone to independent candidates. The AAP, which is contesting all the 70 seats, has offered a slew of freebies, including free electricity up to 300 units to every household, Rs 1,000 per month to every woman above 18 years, jobs to every household and an unemployment allowance of Rs 5,000 per month to them until they get a job.
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