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UP Elections 2022 Updates: Anti-terrorism Squads to be Formed in Bahraich, Rampur, Meerut, Kanpur, Deogarh, Says Nadda in Kushinagar

UP Elections 2022 Updates: State's Chief Election Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said the campaign for the fifth phase ended at 6 pm Friday and all preparations for the voting on Sunday have been completed.

News18.com | February 26, 2022, 23:58 IST
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UP Elections 2022 Updates: Addressing a rally in Kushinagar today, BJP national president JP Nadda said anti-terrorism squads will be formed in Bahraich, Rampur, Meerut, Kanpur and Deogarh. He said under the Yogi Adityanath-led state government people like Azam Khan and Mukhtar Ansari were in jail.

He asked, “Wouldn’t Azam Khan, Mukhtar Ansari have an upper hand under Akhilesh (Yadav) government? Under Yogi ji, they Read More

Feb 26, 2022 16:06 IST

Baba CM has Booked Ticket from Lucknow to Gorakhpur on Mar 11: Akhilesh

Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Balrampur, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said “baba CM” had booked his tickets to Gorakhpur from Lucknow for March 11. He said, “Baba CM has booked his ticket from Lucknow to Gorakhpur on March 11. Petrol and diesel prices are increasing continuously. They (BJP) want to take money from poor and give it to their rich businessmen friends. People will bring SP to power.” Akhilesh was referring to the fact that the chief minister had been set up for a defeat in the ongoing assembly elections and, once he lost, he would return to his constituency in Gorakhpur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath and other BJP leaders have also indulged in a similar rhetoric where they have been saying “dynastic leaders” had booked their tickets to go abroad after March 10, the day the results of the assembly polls will be declared. ANI

Feb 26, 2022 15:53 IST

Anti-terrorism Squads to be Formed in Bahraich, Rampur, Meerut, Kanpur, Deogarh: Nadda

Addressing a rally in Kushinagar today, BJP national president JP Nadda said anti-terrorism squads will be formed in Bahraich, Rampur, Meerut, Kanpur and Deogarh. He said under the Yogi Adityanath-led state government people like Azam Khan and Mukhtar Ansari were in jail. He asked, “Wouldn’t Azam Khan, Mukhtar Ansari have an upper hand under Akhilesh (Yadav) government? Under Yogi ji, they hid themselves in burrows and are now playing ‘gillidanda’ in jail.” He further asked, “Did goonism not end after Yogi became CM? Have the mafias not put behind bars?” ANI

Feb 26, 2022 14:02 IST

UP Polls: Swami Prasad Maurya Faces Stiff Challenge in Fazilnagar Seat

Influential OBC leader and former Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who recently switched over to the SP along with some other BJP leaders, faces a tough challenge to enter the assembly for the sixth time. Close on the heels of a BJP master stroke of inducting former Union minister and popular OBC leader RPN Singh to cover up for the loss, Maurya changed his constituency from Padrauna to Fazilnagar within the Kushinagar district.

Feb 26, 2022 14:00 IST

Cycle Can be Easily Punctured, Bulldozers Powerful: Yogi Hits Back at Akhilesh

“‘Haathi’ slipping here & there…Cycle can be easily punctured…Those who ate the poor’s ration, we’ve bulldozers for them. Power of bulldozer is such that it’s used for construction & to raze illegal possession of mafias,corrupt ministers,” CM Adityanath said in a rally.

Feb 26, 2022 13:18 IST

UP Polls: BJP Will Cross 300-seat Mark, Says Yogi

Feb 26, 2022 12:46 IST

Ex-student Leaders of Lucknow University Test Political Waters in UP Polls

Having their roots in Lucknow University, several former student leaders have made their way into the mainstream politics and are in fray in the ongoing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. One such prominent former student leader is Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brajesh Pathak, who had been the president of the Lucknow University Students Union (LUSU). Now a BJP leader, Pathak is waiting for the poll result in the Lucknow Cantonment Assembly constituency.

Feb 26, 2022 12:21 IST

UP Polls: Fifth Phase of Voting on Sunday; 692 Candidates in Fray for 61 Seats

Polling to decide the fate of 692 candidates in the fray for 61 assembly seats across 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh will take place in the fifth phase of the state assembly elections on Sunday. Campaigning for the fifth phase ended on Friday evening, and all necessary arrangements have been completed, state Chief Election Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said here on Saturday. Polling will start at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, he said. Around 2.24 crore voters will exercise their franchise in this phase in the districts of Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabanki, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda.

Feb 26, 2022 11:16 IST

READ | In UP Poll Battle, Shivpur Seat in Varanasi May Answer A Key Question: Who Is The Real Rajbhar Leader?

Who is the real Rajbhar leader? The upcoming election in the Shivpur assembly seat of Varanasi on March 7 may answer this question with BJP minister Anil Rajbhar pitted against Arvind Rajbhar, son of SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar. And the battle has turned bitterly personal. READ MORE

Feb 26, 2022 09:52 IST

OBC Leadership on Test in Next Phases of UP Polls

As the elections in Uttar Pradesh move towards the last three phases, it is now the prestige of OBC leaders in all parties that is at stake. Almost all parties have put OBC leaders at the helm of their campaigns and the last three phases will test their popularity. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has been playing an important role in the BJP campaign. He has been vigorously campaigning for his party candidates, flitting from one constituency to another. Maurya is contesting from his Sirathu seat in Kaushambi district and is pitted against Pallavi Patel of Samajwadi Party. Pallavi is a first-time contestant but is confident that the caste arithmetic of the constituency will take her to the victory stand.

Feb 26, 2022 09:11 IST

READ | UP Polls Phase 5: BJP Banking on 'New Ayodhya', SP on Mandal Outplaying Kamandal

Polls have come and gone, but for the temple town of Ayodhya, this is surely an election amid a new beginning. With the longstanding saga of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute being over following a historic judgement from the Supreme Court in 2019, it is for the first time that the city goes to vote without a shadow of the decades-old controversy that has most profoundly shaped and defined India’s contemporary politics and played the most crucial role in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s meteoric rise. READ MORE

Feb 26, 2022 09:00 IST

UP Elections: Dimple Yada, Jaya Bachchan to Tour Jaunpur Today

Samajwadi Party leaders Jaya Bachchan and Dimple Yadav will tour Jaunpur city in Uttar Pradesh today ahead of the phase 5 elections tomorrow.

Feb 26, 2022 08:28 IST

UP Polls: Akhilesh Yadav Takes Blessings of Mahant Gyan Das of Hanumagarhi

UP Polls: Akhilesh Yadav Takes Blessings of Mahant Gyan Das of Hanumagarhi

Feb 26, 2022 08:04 IST

High-octane Campaigning Ends for 5th Phase of UP Polls

From power-packed rallies and roadshows by top leaders to promises of freebies and verbal attacks, the high-octane campaigning ahead of the fifth phase Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh ended on Friday. As many as 61 seats spread across 12 districts including Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabaki, Bahraich, Shravasti, Gonda, Amethi and Raebareli are going to polls on Sunday.

Feb 26, 2022 07:25 IST

UP Polls: Cong Leader Ajay Rai Banned from Campaigning for 24 Hours for Remarks Against PM, CM Yogi

The Election Commission on Friday barred Uttar Pradesh Congress candidate Ajay Rai from campaigning for 24 hours for making objectionable remarks against the prime minister and the state chief minister. Censuring Rai for violating the poll code, the Commission said the ban commences at 8.00 am on Saturday. Rai, who is contesting from the Pindara seat, had made the objectionable remarks in a live Facebook post in January, following which the EC had served him a notice.

hid themselves in burrows and are now playing ‘gillidanda’ in jail.” He further asked, “Did goonism not end after Yogi became CM? Have the mafias not put behind bars?”

The campaign for 61 assembly seats across 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh going to the polls during the fifth phase of the state assembly elections ended on Friday evening. The voting for the fifth phase of state assembly elections will be held on February 27. State’s Chief Election Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said the campaign for the fifth phase ended at 6 pm and all preparations for the voting on Sunday have been completed. There are a total of 692 candidates are in the fray for the fifth phase of polling and their fate will be decided by 2.24 crore voters.

The districts going to the polls on Sunday include Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabaki, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda. Amethi and Raebareli, once considered as Congress bastions, Ayodhya, the epicentre of movement for the construction of Lord Ram temple too go to the polls on Sunday.

BJP supporters greeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with the slogan of Bulldozer Baba zindabad as he held his roadshow here on Friday in support of his Cabinet colleague Sidharth Nath Singh’s candidature from City (West) assembly seat. Nearly two-km-long roadshow of the chief minister starting from Karbala Chauraha and ending at Nakhash Kona Chauraha of the city was attended by lakhs of people, eyewitnesses said.

During the entire roadshow, which started at 5 pm and ended at 6 pm, people carrying the BJP’s saffron flags rent the air with slogans of Jai Shri Ram and Bulldozer Baba Zindabad”.

The new term for the chief minister was first heard from Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, who, in a YouTube video, has claimed that a prestigious English daily has changed Yogi Adityanath’s name to Baba Bulldozer.

The term purportedly owes its origin to the extensive use of bulldozers by the Uttar Pradesh government for demolishing illegal properties of criminals in the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday trained his guns on the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, accusing them of promoting “mafia raj” in Uttar Pradesh during their rule as he campaigned for BJP candidates in Pratapgarh.

Though he was addressing an election rally in Rampur Khas, from where veteran Congress leader Pramod Tiwari’s daughter Aradhna Mishra is seeking a third consecutive win, Shah only made a passing reference to the Congress while talking about ending Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

The SP and the BSP were the target of his attacks, signalling the BJP is not counting the grand old party much in the ongoing high-decibel electoral battle for Uttar Pradesh, where the fifth round of voting is scheduled this Sunday.

“For 70 years, SP, BSP and Congress had been feeding Article 370 like a child in their lap which kept Kashmir divided from us. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi-ji’s government came to power and on August 5, 2019, PM Modi struck down Article 370, Shah said.

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