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Assembly Elections 2022 Updates: Akhilesh Yadav to Contest UP Polls from Mainpuri's Karhal Seat, Says Report

Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for Uttarakhand assembly elections.

News18.com | January 20, 2022, 23:39 IST
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav

Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav will contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections from Mainpuri’s Karhal seat, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying. The Karhal seat in Mainpuri is in the Yadav belt of Central UP. The BJP last won the seat two decades ago. Since then, the seat has been a SP fortress. Read More

Jan 20, 2022 21:42 IST

4 BJP Candidates in Goa Have Criminal Cases Against Them

Four out of 34 candidates announced by the ruling BJP on Thursday for the Goa Assembly elections have criminal cases registered against them. Atanasio Monserratte, the current MLA from Panaji, was accused of ‘buying’ a minor girl and raping her in 2016. The case is still pending, police sources said. The First Information Report in the case was registered against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act and IPC for alleged rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation. The victim alleged that the incident took place in March 2016 when Monserratte was with the Congress and represented the St Cruz seat in the Assembly.

Jan 20, 2022 20:20 IST

ED Raids: AAP's Raghav Chadha Asks Channi to Explain Cash Seized from Nephew

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha on Thursday asked Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to explain huge sums of cash recovered in raids by the ED from premises linked to his relative. Chadha, who is AAP’s Punjab co-in-charge, alleged that Channi’s nephew had amassed crores of rupees and other assets in the past three-four months. The ED on Wednesday had said seized cash amounting to over Rs 10 crore, including about Rs 8 crore from a relative of Channi, during raids conducted in connection with an anti-money laundering investigation against illegal sand-mining operations in Punjab. In a statement, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had said “incriminating” documents related to “illegal” sand mining and property transactions, mobile phones, gold worth more than Rs 21 lakh, and a Rolex watch worth Rs 12 lakh were also seized during the searches that ended on Wednesday.

Jan 20, 2022 19:08 IST

Mulayam's Brother-in-law, Cong's 'Ladki Hoon' Poster Girl Join BJP

Former Samajwadi Party MLA Pramod Gupta, relative of the party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Priyanka Maurya, the face of Congress’ ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ poster in Uttar Pradesh, joined the BJP on Thursday. Gupta’s joining comes a day after Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi on Wednesday. The duo joined the party in the presence of former state unit president, and head of the BJP Joining Committee, Laxmikant Bajpai. “An important political name and a member of Samajwadi Party family and former MLA of Auraiya, Pramod Guptaji is joining the BJP family today,” Bajpai said welcoming Gupta.

Jan 20, 2022 17:16 IST

Akhilesh Yadav Likely to Contest UP Polls from Mainpuri District’s Karhal Constituency

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is likely to contest from the Karhal constituency in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district, sources told news agency ANI on Thursday.

Jan 20, 2022 17:05 IST

Omar Targets Centre Over Its Plan to Appropriate Powers of Transferring IAS, IPS Officers

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday said the Centre’s plan to appropriate powers of transferring IAS and IPS officers will be “another nail” in the coffin of the country’s federal structure. He was reacting to media reports that the Union government is planning to acquire for itself overriding powers to transfer IAS and IPS officers through central deputation, doing away with the requirement of taking the approval of the state governments. “This would be another nail in the coffin of India’s federal structure. How would CM Modi react if PM Modi summarily removed his DG or CS? J&K lost all its powers of appointment in 2019, now it looks like the rest of India’s states will go the same way,” Abdullah tweeted.

Jan 20, 2022 16:08 IST

Kejriwal Slams BJP for 'Use and Throw Policy' Towards Parrikar Family

After Utpal Parrikar, son of late Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, failed to make it to the BJP’s list of candidates for the next month’s Goa assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday accused the saffron party of adopting a “use and throw policy even with the Parrikar family”. Kejriwal invited Utpal Parrikar to join the AAP and contest the assembly election on its ticket. “Goans feel v sad that BJP has adopted use and throw policy even with Parrikar family. I have always respected Manohar Parrikar ji. Utpal ji is welcome to join and fight elections on AAP ticket,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet minutes after the saffron party announced the list of candidates.

Jan 20, 2022 15:46 IST

Uttarakhand Polls: BJP Fields 15 Brahmin Candidates, 3 from Trading Community

In the BJP’s first list of 59 candidates for the polls to the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, 15 candidates are Brahmins and three are from the trading community, Union minister Pralhad Joshi said. Joshi and BJP general secretary Arun Singh said the party will win again with a big mandate and claimed that the state saw development under its rule after facing “step-motherly” treatment during the Congress-led UPA dispensation of 10 years. Rail tracks were led in the state, Char Dham infrastructure developed and over Rs 10,000 crore spent on building roads outside the ‘PM Gramin Sadak Yojna”, Joshi said about the work undertaken in the last five years. Assembly polls will be held in the state on February 14.

Jan 20, 2022 15:29 IST

BJP Names 59 Candidates for Uttarakhand Polls

The BJP on Thursday released its first list of 59 candidates for the polls to the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, with Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to contest from his current constituency Khatima. Union minister Pralhad Joshi said the list has five women, and asserted that the party will fight the polls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for Uttarakhand and also the work of its state government. The party, which had won 57 seats in 2017, has dropped around 10 sitting MLAs. State BJP president Madan Kaushik will again contest from Haridwar, while names of ministers like Satpal Maharaj and Dhan Singh Rawat are also in the list.

Jan 20, 2022 15:21 IST

BJP Gives Ticket to Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion's Wife, Jubin Nautiyal's Father in Uttarakhand

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for Uttarakhand assembly elections. The list featured the Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion’s wife Kunwarani Devyani Singh and popstar Jubin Nauityal’s father Ramsharan Nautiyal among the candidates.

Jan 20, 2022 14:57 IST

Avtar Singh Badhana withdraws as SP-RLD candidate from Jewar seat as he tested Covid-19 positive

Jan 20, 2022 13:25 IST

Chandra Shekhar Aazad to Fight UP Poll from Gorakhpur Sadar Against Adityanath

Chandra Shekhar Aazad will fight the Uttar Pradesh assembly election from the Gorakhpur Sadar seat, his Aazad Samaj Party (ASP) announced on Thursday. Gorakhpur Sadar is the seat from where the BJP has fielded UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Taking forward the ideology of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and Kanshiram sahib for ‘Bahujan HitayBahujan Sukhay’, the Aazad Samaj Party (Kanshiram) announced Chandra Shekhar Aazad as candidate from Gorakhpur Sadar (322) seat, the party said in a statement on social media.

Jan 20, 2022 12:55 IST

Second Home Coming: Manipur’s Only All India Trinamool Congress MLA Likely to Join BJP Today

Manipur’s lone All India Trinamool MLA, Tongbram Robindro will join Bharatiya Janata Party, in the presence of the saffron party’s national leader in Imphal. Manipur’s BJP leadership though refrained from any comment. Robindro won the 2017 elections from Thanga constituency, Bishnupur district after knocking down his close rival, former Congress MLA T Mangibabu. The AITC MLA gained public support in his constituency owing to the various development works carried out under the Biren-led BJP government in the state. Read the full story here.

Jan 20, 2022 12:35 IST

Pramod Gupta and Priyanka Maurya Join BJP Ahead of UP Assembly polls

Jan 20, 2022 12:31 IST

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad will contest from Gorakhpur against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath

Jan 20, 2022 12:28 IST

Uttar Pradesh Polls: Cong Releases Second List of 41 Candidates

The Congress on Thursday released its second list of 41 candidates, including 16 women, for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections starting February 10. The Congress had promised to give 40 per cent seats to women candidates in Uttar Pradesh which is reflected in the second list.

The party had earlier released a list of 125 candidates which included 50 women. Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be held in seven phases starting from February 10 and will end on March 7. The results will be out on March 10.

Jan 20, 2022 12:26 IST

Bhagwant Mann to Contest from Punjab's Dhuri

Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Ministerial face of the Aam Aadmi Party for the Punjab assembly polls, will contest the state polls from Dhuri. The announcement was made by Aam Aadmi Party’s supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.

Jan 20, 2022 12:13 IST

Ground Report | In BJP vs SP in UP, Villagers Believe Jewar International Airport Could be Deciding Factor

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Jewar International Airport last year, the BJP is touting the Jewar assembly constituency as its development model on ‘sabka saath, saath vikas’ plank this election. Though the opposition had tried to stoke a controversy in the past over land acquisition and is planning to revive it this election, the issue seems dead with the locals who have backed the BJP’s development agenda. Read the full story here.

Jan 20, 2022 11:53 IST

Congress MLA Aditi Singh Formally Quits Party 2 Months After Joining BJP

Congress Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh formally resigned from the grand old party on Thursday. She had from Congress. She had formally joined the BJP in November last year, along with, rebel BSP MLA from Sigri in Azamgarh, Vandana Singh.

Jan 20, 2022 11:44 IST

After 'Choti Bahu' Aparna Yadav, MSY's Brother-in-law to Join BJP

After “Choti Bahu” Aparna Yadav, Samajwadi Party stalwart Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother-in-law will join the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday as the saffron camp continues to hurt the SP ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Pramod Gupta, former MLA who is married to the sister of Sadhna Gupta (MSY’s wife) is likely to jump to the saffron team.

Gupta was MLA in 2012 after Shivpal moved out of SP. He soon left the party and is presently associated with PSP. Sources say some more leaders close to Shivpal can exit. They feel betrayed by Shivpal and don’t see a chance of getting an SP ticket.

Jan 20, 2022 11:14 IST

2 Crore Jobs a Year Was 'Jumla' for Modi Govt: Sibal

Ahead of the polls in five states, the Congress has targetted the Centre over unemployment and the state of economy. Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday raised the question of growing unemployment and said it was just a ‘jumla’ for the Modi government. In a tweet, Sibal said, “Modiji said (2019): India will be a $5trillion economy by 2022 $1trillion (agriculture) $1trillion (manufacturing), Modiji promised: 2crore jobs every year Farmers income to double by 2022.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for Uttarakhand assembly elections. The list featured the Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion’s wife Kunwarani Devyani Singh and popstar Jubin Nauityal’s father Ramsharan Nautiyal among the candidates.

Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Ministerial face of the Aam Aadmi Party for the Punjab assembly polls, will contest the state polls from Dhuri. The announcement was made by Aam Aadmi Party’s supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, after “Choti Bahu” Aparna Yadav, Samajwadi Party stalwart Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother-in-law will join the Bharatiya Janata Party as the saffron camp continues to hurt the SP ahead of UP polls.

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who stepped down from his post last year, on Wednesday announced that he will not contest the 2022 assembly elections in Uttarakhand. Rawat announced his decision to his party’s cadres at a “farewell lunch” before writing to the BJP national president, Jagat Prakash Nadda.

Rawat told The Times of India that he personally informed his party workers to avoid any “misleading impression”. “I hosted the lunch as party members and supporters are extremely emotional. I did not want them to get a wrong or misleading impression when the list comes out and they are shocked to find my name missing. I wanted to avoid any kind of confusion, so I decided to personally tell them over lunch.”

Rawat said that he chose not take part in elections as the party is “contemplating a bigger role for him”. “Now the state has a youth chief minister and it is our duty to back him. I have requested all my supporters to back the new BJP candidate from Doiwala,” he said.

The BJP on Wednesday released the name of one more candidate for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, fielding Mukta Raja from Aligarh. With this, the BJP has so far announced 110 candidates for the state assembly polls, where the party is contesting elections in an alliance with the Apna Dal and the Nishad Party. The party on Wednesday announced that Mukta Raja will be its candidate from Aligarh assembly.

Earlier in the day, the top brass of the BJP including its president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah held deliberations with Uttar Pradesh unit leaders including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to finalise the remaining candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The BJP leaders also held meetings with Apnal Dal leader Anupriya Patel and Nishad Party leader Sanjay Nishad to finalise the seat-sharing agreement.

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