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Amit Shah Cancels Campaign in Deoband Due to Huge Crowd Amid Covid; Sidhu Says Majithia Was My Driver

Assembly polls are due in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand this year. | January 29, 2022, 22:36 IST
Amit Shah. (Image: ANI)

Congress Punjab chief Navjot Singh Sidhu attacked senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, saying the leader used to be his driver, so there was ‘no competition with him’. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday had announced that Majithia would take on Sidhu in Amritsar East, besides contesting from Majitha constituency. Read More

Jan 29, 2022 19:40 IST

BJP Issues List of 30 Star Campaigners for Uttarakhand

The BJP on Saturday released a list of 30 star campaigners’ to campaign for the party in Uttarakhand that goes to polls on February 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Road transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP president JP Nadda, and Union Minister and the party’s election in-charge for Uttarakhand Pralhad Joshi are on top of the list. The list also includes Union Minister Smriti Irani, Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami, his cabinet colleague Satpal Maharaj, and Pradesh BJP president Madan Kaushik.

Jan 29, 2022 18:30 IST

Smriti Irani Takes on Akhilesh Over 'Criminalisation' of Politics in UP

Echoing union home minister Amit Shah and chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s campaign line in Uttar Pradesh, union minister Smriti Irani said the Samajwadi Party was equivalent to “lawlessness and goondaraj”. Referring to the alleged threats made by SP candidate Adil Chaudhary, who is contesting the polls from Meerut (South), Irani said “criminalisation of politics” was the very foundation of the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP, and that it could never change. The union minister lashed out at the SP for promoting criminalisation when asked about Akhilesh’s statement that he would fight for farmers’ rights, and he was even carrying a ‘laal potli’ signifying ‘ann sankalp’ to “defeat” the BJP. READ MORE

Jan 29, 2022 17:44 IST

UP Polls: Amit Shah Warns RLD's Jayant 'Bhai' Against SP

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday stepped up his attack on the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), saying the alliance between the two parties for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will last only till the counting of votes. In Muzaffarnagar to address a voters’ meeting, Shah said that if the SP forms the government this time, Azam Khan will be a part of the Cabinet and RLD president Jayant Chaudhary will be out. “Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Chaudhary held a press conference yesterday and said that they are together. But for how long will this alliance last? If SP forms the government in UP, Jayant bhai will be removed and Azam Khan will come back. The people should understand from the distribution of tickets what will happen next,” he said. READ MORE

Jan 29, 2022 17:25 IST

BJP Chased Away Criminals Who Flourished During SP Regime in UP: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday took a swipe at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, saying he does not have “shame” while talking “lies” about the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP government has chased away criminals and mafias who flourished during the earlier regime. He also scoffed at Yadav and RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary’s display of togetherness and said leaders of these parties will be seen together only till election. He said in the event of government formation, people like Azam Khan and Atiq Ahmad will take centre stage and Chaudhary will not be seen anywhere.

Seeking support for the saffron party in western Uttar Pradesh, Shah invoked eminent Jat leader late prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh and farmers’ leader Mahendra Singh Tikait, and asked if anyone can forget the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots during which victims were made accused. The home minister also reeled out comparative crime figures under the present Yogi Adityanath-led state government and the one headed by Yadav before him, and dared the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief to come out with the statistics of his governance.

Jan 29, 2022 16:59 IST

In Uttarakhand, Daughters of 2 Former CMs Gear up to Avenge Their Fathers' Defeat

Kotdwar and Haridwar (rural) seats in Uttarakhand are all set to witness interesting contests when the state goes to polls on February 14 with the daughters of two former chief ministers preparing to avenge the defeats of their fathers from the two constituencies. The BJP has fielded former chief minister Maj Gen Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s daughter Ritu Khanduri Bhushan from the prestigious Kotdwar seat while the Congress has fielded former chief minister Harish Rawat’s daughter Anupama Rawat from Haridwar rural seat. Khanduri had lost from Kotdwar in 2012 and Harish Rawat from Haridwar rural in 2017 when the two stalwarts had contested from the seats as incumbent chief ministers. Congress nominee Surendra Singh Negi had registered a victory over Khanduri in Kotdwar in 2012 defeating him by 4,623 votes. Negi had garnered 31,797 votes while Khanduri had got 27,194 votes. Similarly, Harish Rawat, who contested from Haridwar rural in 2017, lost to BJP’s Swami Yatishwaranand who trounced him by 12,278 votes. What makes the contest even more interesting is that the duo is pitted against the same challengers who had defeated their fathers – Negi and Yatishwaranand.

Jan 29, 2022 15:30 IST

Sidhu Dares SAD's Majithia to Fight Only from This Seat

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday filed his nomination papers from the Amritsar East and dared the SAD’s Bikram Singh Majithia to fight only from this constituency, and not also from the Majitha seat. Alongside the Amritsar East assembly constituency, the Shiromani Akali Dal leader is contesting from the Majitha seat, which he currently holds. Talking to reporters after filing his nomination papers from the Amritsar East, Sidhu said, “If you (Majithia) have so much guts, and have faith in people then leave Majitha and fight from one seat here.Fight! Do you have the guts? Hitting out at the Akalis which has fielded Majithia from his constituency, Sidhu said, “They have come only to play the spoilsport. But in this ‘Dharam Yudh’, they will not succeed because where there is ‘Dharma’ there is victory”. “Yato Dharmastato Jayah (Where there is dharma there is victory), said Sidhu, accusing the SAD of “looting” Punjab.

Jan 29, 2022 15:11 IST

Amit Shah Cancels Campaign in Deoband Due to Huge Crowd Amid Covid

Union Home Minister Amit Shah cancelled his campaign in Deoband today due a huge crowd that had gathered amid Covid-19.

Jan 29, 2022 14:48 IST

UP Polls: 'Samajwadi Thali at Rs 10, MNREGA-like Act if Voted to Power', Say Akhilesh and Jayant

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has promised ‘Samajwadi thali’ at Rs 10 for the poor, along with bringing in the Urban Employment Guarantee Act on the lines of MNREGA, if his party forms the government. Akhilesh was addressing a joint press conference with Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary in Ghaziabad on Saturday, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next month. READ MORE

Jan 29, 2022 14:29 IST

SP Govt Built Haj House, Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan Constructed Under BJP Rule: CM Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday took a swipe at the Samajwadi Party, saying the previous government built a Haj House, while a Mansarovar Bhawan was constructed in Ghaziabad under the BJP’s rule. The chief minister, who was on a visit to Ghaziabad on Saturday, contrasted the work done by the Samajwadi Party (SP) government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dispensation in Uttar Pradesh.

“The previous government of Uttar Pradesh had built a Haj House in Ghaziabad. The BJP government has constructed a Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Ghaziabad with state-of-the-art facilities at a cost of Rs 94 crore. Giving respect to the faith, this building is a great gift for the devotees. The difference is clear,” Adityanath tweeted in Hindi. The chief minister had made similar remarks during a door-to-door campaign in Ghaziabad on Sunday.

Jan 29, 2022 14:20 IST

BJP Insulted Farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

BJP should tell the public that how those 3 agriculture laws were beneficial for them and now when they’ve withdrawn it, then too they should say how they were not beneficial for them. BJP insulted farmers, did not double their income: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Ghaziabad.

Jan 29, 2022 14:02 IST

CM Yogi Slams SP Govt for Withdrawing Cases of 'Terrorists'

The difference is clear, before 2017, when the SP government took the first decision, withdrawing the cases of terrorists accused of terrorist attack on Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodhya. We waived farmers’ loans as soon as the government was formed: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Jan 29, 2022 13:40 IST

Give Us 5 Years, We Will Win Your Hearts: Arvind Kejriwal in Punjab

Industrialists were considered BJP’s vote bank in Delhi. I myself am a ‘baniya but Delhi’s baniya never voted for me. They started voting after I won their hearts. Give us 5 years, we will win your hearts too: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Jalandhar, Amritsar.

Jan 29, 2022 13:38 IST

Trending #WarRooms: Social Media, WhatsApp, Virtual Rallies the New Normal as Poll Battle Goes Digital

Political campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections is mainly virtual now due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Election Commission has limited the number of people for door-to-door campaigning, while putting a ban on massive rallies altogether. READ MORE

Jan 29, 2022 13:25 IST

Amit Shah Campaigns in Muzaffarnagar

Jan 29, 2022 13:18 IST

Punjab CM Channi Carries Out Door to Door Campaign

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is carrying out a door to door campaign in Morinda town in his constituency Chamkaur Sahib.

Jan 29, 2022 13:10 IST

Majithia Used to be My Driver, No Competition With Him, Says Sidhu

Congress Punjab chief Navjot Singh Sidhu attacked senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, saying the leader used to be his driver, so there was ‘no competition with him’. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday had announced that Majithia would take on Sidhu in Amritsar East, besides contesting from Majitha constituency.

Jan 29, 2022 12:32 IST

SP vs SP in Deoband? UP Polls See Double Trouble as 2 Workers File Nomination from 1 Seat, Feud Spills Online

Will the Samajwadi Party contest itself in the minority foothold of Uttar Pradesh’s Deoband? The UP elections took an interesting turn as two leaders have now filed their nomination in the party’s symbol from the constituency in Saharanpur.

On the last day of filing nominations, former MLA and SP leader Maviya Ali, from Deoband, surprised everyone by filing his nomination from the symbol of the Samajwadi Party. However, just five days ago, Kartikeya Rana, son of late former Minister Rajendra Rana, had already filed his nomination on the party’s symbol from Deoband, as well. READ MORE

Jan 29, 2022 12:27 IST

Pain of Riots Still Fresh, Says Shah in M'nagar

The pain of riots is still fresh. During riots here, victims were made accused, and accused were made victims. After our govt came in 2017, goons have gone out of the border of UP. BSP spoke about a particular caste & Akhilesh Yadav’s government spoke about mafia: Union Home Min Amit Shah in Muzaffarnagar.

Jan 29, 2022 12:26 IST

For RLD's Poll Papers, Jayant Approaches Gram Panchayats

RLD leader Jayant Choudhary has sent a letter to gram panchayats asking them for suggestions for their 2022 manifesto in the UP Polls.

For RLD's Poll Papers, Jayant Approaches Gram Panchayats

Jan 29, 2022 11:54 IST

Punjab Elections: Navjot Singh Sidhu Files Nomination from Amritsar East

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Deoband today in Uttar Pradesh ahead of assembly elections in the state. The visit carries importance as the constituency has often been seen as the ‘Centre of Minority politics’, won by the BJP in 2017. The constituency that is known for the famous Islamic seminary Darool ulum Deoband has around 3 lakh voters. Around 1.25 lakh are Muslims. Among Hindus it has a strong presence of Gurjar and other OBC sections, minus Jats. Deoband is one of the 7 constituencies of Saharanpur in west UP. In 2017, BJP won 4 out of 7 of these seats, including Deoband. Two were won by Congress, and one by SP. For the BJP, which faces the ‘Jat challenge’ in other parts of western UP like Muzzafarnagar, Shamli and Bagpat, Saharanpur therefore assumes great importance. Through Shah, BJP will not just hope of retaining the Deoband seat, but will also aim for influencing the nearby constituencies. Before 2017, BJP had last won Deoband only in 1996.

BJP national president J P Nadda on Friday targeted Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, asking why is he remembering the person responsible for partition of India and not the one who united the country. Nadda made the remark while apparently referring to Yadav’s statement on Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who he appeared to equate with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel during an event in October last year.

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had called Yadav and his party “worshippers of Jinnah”. The remarks of Nadda and Adityanath come a day after BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the issue of farmers’ sugarcane should be raised in the elections and not the name of the Pakistani leader. Addressing a poll event here, Nadda asked why Yadav is remembering the person responsible for the India’s partition.

“Why he is not remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the one who united the country,” he asked. Attacking the Samajwadi Party, Nadda said the previous SP government failed to address the law and order issue in the state. “Women were insecure under their government. Law and order was very poor. Today, the mafia is either surrendering or going to jail or leaving Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Nadda also accused Yadav of giving tickets to criminals for the upcoming UP Assembly elections. “What is the compulsion of Akhilesh Yadav that he is making criminals his candidate? This is done so that the friendship remains intact. You may be friends, why should the people of UP be friends (with you),” he said. Nadda said under the previous SP regime, only one family flourished, apparently referring to the Yadav family.

“But, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, development is taking place on the basis of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas’,” he said. Nadda also said the SP never sought votes on the basis of performance. “They make new promises every time in every election but the BJP moves ahead on the basis of a report card. It is only the BJP which does what it promises. The rest of the parties make false promises. The prime minister has changed the work culture of the country,” he said.

Mounting an attack on the SP, the BJP chief said, “In the SP government, the land mafia used to grab government land, forcibly occupy houses and dislodge the poor from their houses. But in our government, the mafia has surrendered.” Later, speaking in Bareilly, Nadda said, “Be it SP, BSP or the Congress, all of them are party of one family. They have only benefited their families. For the BJP, family is the party. Our aim is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikaas, sabka vishvaas and sabka prayaas’.”

Meanwhile, the North Goa district administration on Friday banned all physical rallies, roadshows and padyatras until January 31 in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the coastal state.

An order issued by North Goa District Magistrate Ajit Roy on Friday stated that “no physical rally of political parties and candidates (including probable or any other group related to the elections) shall be allowed till January 31. No roadshow, padyatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession shall be allowed till January 31”.

“Door-to-door campaigning shall be allowed for a maximum of 10 persons, including candidates (excluding security personnel), and political parties, candidates and party workers shall ensure the compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour,” the order added.

Goa on Friday witnessed a steep spike in Covid-related deaths with 20 persons succumbing in the last 24 hours. As many as 1,322 new Covid cases were reported in Goa in the past 24 hours, taking the state’s active caseload to 11,903.

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