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UP Assembly Polls 2022: Samajwadi Party, Congress Leaders Join BJP

Samajwadi Party's sitting MLA Sharadveer Singh and former minister Shivakant Ojha, and former Congress MP Rakesh Sachan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

News18.com | January 27, 2022, 23:36 IST
With the SP-RLD alliance changing its candidates in Chhaprauli and Siwalkhas in Bhagpat district as Jats have been protesting the nomination of a Muslim candidate, the BJP believes that the RLD has 'very little say' in the alliance.(Representative image/Reuters)

Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the Congress from the poll-bound state joined the BJP on Thursday. Samajwadi Party’s sitting MLA Sharadveer Singh and former minister Shivakant Ojha, and former Congress MP Rakesh Sachan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at its headquarters in New Delhi. Read More

Jan 27, 2022 22:46 IST

Will be First to Campaign for CM Candidate : Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said, “I thank Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji for accepting the demand of Punjabis. I assure our High Command that we will stand united and work for the betterment of Punjab. I will be the first one to campaign for the announced candidate.”

Jan 27, 2022 22:32 IST

UP Polls: Congress Shekhupura Candidate Resigns Over 'Sexist' Comments by Local Leader

Congress Shekhupura assembly candidate Farha Naeem on Thursday resigned from the party and returned her ticket accusing district president of making indecent comments against women. Addressing a press conference here, Naeem made allegations against character of party district president Onkar Singh and announced her resignation. READ MORE

Jan 27, 2022 20:48 IST

Rahul Gandhi Was Too Late to Arrive in Punjab: Arvind Kejriwal Slams Congress

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal slammed Congress on Thursday and said, “Rahul Gandhi Ji was too late to arrive in Punjab. He cannot show his face to the people because he failed in fulfilling the promises he made to the people of Punjab 5 years ago.”

Jan 27, 2022 20:02 IST

EXCLUSIVE | It’s not 80-20, Rather 85-15 in UP & the Majority is with Us, Rajbhar Takes Yogi Head-on

As the voting for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections inch closer, the political battle has intensified in the state. Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar has accused the BJP of “harbouring” the likes of Ajay Mishra Teni, accused of killing four farmers during the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. READ MORE

Jan 27, 2022 18:43 IST

No Fight Between Us: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

There is no fight between us. Announce chief minister face for Punjab polls, we (Punjab Congress) will stand united: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said during a gathering where Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also present.

Jan 27, 2022 18:10 IST

UP Assembly Polls: Samajwadi Party Announces Third List of 56 Candidates

With the declaration of its third list of 56 candidates on Thursday, Samajwadi Party has so far declared 254 candidates for the 403 seats Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The list names BSP turncoats Ram Achal Rajbhar and Lalji Verma from Akbarpur and Katehari seats respectively of Ambedkar Nagar, Vinay Tiwari from Chillupar and Leader of opposition Ram Govind Chowdhury from his Bansdeeh seat of Ballia district. READ MORE

Jan 27, 2022 17:34 IST

WATCH | Amit Shah Hold Door-to-door Campaign in Dadri

Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds door-to-door campaign in Dadri, Gautam Buddha Nagar in support of BJP candidate for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

Jan 27, 2022 17:32 IST

CM Channi Opposing Out of Professional Jealousy: Punjab Cong Leader Jagmohan Singh Kang

Punjab Congress leader Jagmohan Singh Kang requested party chief Sonia Gandhi to allot election ticket from Assembly constituency of Kharar-52 to his son Yadavindra Singh Kang. “Chief Minister Channi is opposing us out of professional jealousy” he said, warning of taking a “drastic step.”

Jan 27, 2022 17:26 IST

Rahul Gandhi visits Jallianwala Bagh

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visits Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab.

Rahul Gandhi visits Jallianwala Bagh

Jan 27, 2022 17:08 IST

Congress Leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira Granted Bail

Former Punjab MLA and Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who was arrested in connection with a money laundering case, was granted regular bail by Punjab & Haryana High Court today.

Jan 27, 2022 16:20 IST

Rahul Gandhi Shown Black Flags in Amritsar

A group of people, wearing black ribbons, stages demonstration during Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal in Amritsar.

Jan 27, 2022 16:05 IST

Punjab Polls: Rahul Gandhi, Congress Candidates Offer Prayers at Golden Temple

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with party candidates for the Punjab assembly polls paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here on Thursday. In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said he along with the Congress candidates prayed for the future of Punjab at Harmandir Sahib. After offering prayers at the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, Gandhi partook ‘langar’ along with the party candidates. Gandhi was flanked by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party’s state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. READ MORE

Jan 27, 2022 15:01 IST

READ | Daughters of Former Uttarakhand CMs Vow to ‘Avenge’ Their Father’s Defeat This Election

Though they stand up for two different ideologies, it’s one common objective that these two candidates share; “avenging” their father’s election defeat. Congress’s Anupama Rawat, the daughter of former chief minister Harish Rawat, is contesting from Haridwar (rural), and BJP’s Ritu Khanduri, whose father BC Khanduri was a sitting CM who lost to the Congress in 2012, is fighting from Kotdwar. READ MORE

Jan 27, 2022 14:33 IST

Uttarakhand CM Dhami Files Nominations from Khatima

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami filed his nominations on Thursday from the Khatima Assembly seat for the February 14 polls. Dhami offered prayers at a local temple and held a door-to-door campaign in Khatima before filing his nominations.

Jan 27, 2022 13:36 IST

BJP Govt is Not of Any One Caste, it is Govt for All': Amit Shah in Mathura Rally

Union Minister Amit Shah, who is in Mathura for campaigning, said that there is no place for ‘jatiwad’ and ‘parivarwaad’ in politics.

Jan 27, 2022 13:29 IST

Goa CM Files Nomination from Sanquelim

“Once again I’ve filed nomination from Sanquelim constituency. BJP will win the constituency with a big margin and I will be elected from here again. The workers and I are confident. We are coming back to power in Goa in 2022 with 22 plus seats,” said Goa CM Pramod Sawant.

Jan 27, 2022 13:22 IST

Punjab Polls: Cong Leader Rahul Gandhi to Address Virtual Rally

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Golden Temple here ahead of his virtually rally in Jalandhar on Thursday. Gandhi will partake ‘langar’ along with party candidates at the Golden Temple and also visit Durgaina Temple and the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal here.

Jan 27, 2022 12:25 IST

READ | 'No Exodus from Kairana, Well-to-do Families Moved Out for Trade': SP's Take as Amit Shah Meets 'Victims' Before UP Polls

Samajwadi Party leader Ghulam Mohammed on Thursday said that “there is no exodus” of Hindus from Kairana and that the BJP was “creating issues.” Union Minister Amit Shah, during his door-to-door campaign in western Uttar Pradesh, on January 22 visited the “affected families” who have returned after chief minister Yogi Adityanath came to power. READ MORE

Jan 27, 2022 11:18 IST

Goa Elections: Utpal Parrikar Offers Prayers at Mahalaxmi Temple in Panaji

Jan 27, 2022 11:11 IST

'BJP Trying to Write New History:' Sanjay Raut Says on Row Over Naming Sports Complex After Tipu Sultan

“BJP thinks that only they have history’s knowledge. Everyone’s sitting down to write new history, these historians are here to change history. We know about Tipu Sultan, don’t need to learn from BJP. If they say it has been named after Tipu and that they’ll do this & that then they should let it be, saying all this doesn’t suit them. State Govt is capable of making decisions. Don’t write new history. You can continue trying to change history in Delhi but you won’t succeed, said Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut on the row over naming a sports complex after Tipu Sultan

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Golden Temple here ahead of his virtually rally in Jalandhar on Thursday. Gandhi will partake ‘langar’ along with party candidates at the Golden Temple and also visit Durgaina Temple and the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal here. Former Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay on Thursday joined the BJP ahead of the state assembly polls. Kishore joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister and the party’s election in-charge for Uttarakhand, Pralhad Joshi and other senior leaders. According to media reports, the BJP which has not yet announced its candidate for Tehri may field Upadhyay from there.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami filed his nominations on Thursday from the Khatima Assembly seat for the February 14 polls. Dhami offered prayers at a local temple and held a door-to-door campaign in Khatima before filing his nominations.

A four-member TMC delegation will visit the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday to discuss key issues in connection with the upcoming polls in Goa, the party said on Wednesday. The delegation will comprise Saugata Roy (MP, Lok Sabha), Aparupa Poddar (MP, Lok Sabha), Dr Santanu Sen (MP, Rajya Sabha), Abir Ranjan Biswas (MP, Rajya Sabha), it said.Goa will go to the polls on February 14 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.

The BJP on Wednesday announced its second list with nine candidates for Uttarakhand assembly polls fielding former state chief minister BC Khanduri’s daughter Ritu Bhushan Khanduri from Kotdwar. Khanduri, the sitting MLA from Yamkeshwar, was not part of the party’s first list which carried the names of 59 candidates. With the latest list, the BJP has announced candidates for 68 out of a total of 70 assembly seats in the state. The two seats for which the party is yet to announce its candidates are Doiwala and Tehri.

The Congress on Wednesday released its third list of 89 candidates for Uttar Pradesh elections, reserving 40 per cent seats for women. The party has already declared 255 candidates in all for the state assembly elections. Its first list had 125 candidates and another 41 were declared in the second list. The third list of candidates includes 37 women. The Congress’s first and second list had 50 and 16 women, respectively.

Two-time BSP MLA from Debai seat Shri Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit has accused former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh’s son and Etah MP Rajveer Singh of getting his nomination rejected. Pandit had earlier alleged that it was at the behest of Rajveer Singh alias Raju Bhaiya that Samajwadi Party refused to give him a ticket. The nomination of Pandit, contesting as Shiv Sena candidate, was allegedly rejected due to the lack of Form B’. Pandit said there is no chance he could forget to attach the said form and blamed Raju Bhaiya for the rejection. He also alleged that Raju Bhaiya can get him killed.

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday fielded senior party leader Bikram Singh Majithia against Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East and former CM Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi constituency. Parkash Singh Badal will be the oldest candidate in the fray for the February 20 Assembly elections. Declaring Majithia’s candidature, party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal attacked Sidhu, saying his political life is “coming to an end”.

Meanwhile, Majithia expressed his gratitude to the SAD chief for fielding him from Amritsar East and tweeted, “Akalis have a brave history of fighting to safeguard the rights of Punjabis & protecting them from the anti-Punjab elements like @sherryontopp.” Amritsar East will be the second seat from where Bikram Singh Majithia will be contesting. The other seat from where he will be in the fray is the Majitha Assembly segment. “Navjot Sidhu, be ready,” Sukhbir Badal told the Punjab Congress chief.

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