UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Former minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who resigned from his post and the Bharatiya Janata Party on January 11, joined the Samajwadi Party in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav today.
Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi is likely to contest from two seats in the upcoming state assembly elections as the Congress finalised the list of over 70 Read More
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying by his “80 versus 20” assertion, he meant only 20 per cent of the population will back the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The remaining 80 per cent will support the Samajwadi Party (SP), Yadav asserted and claimed that the BJP might also lose that 20 per cent as Swami Prasad Maurya and others have joined his party.
The hue and cry raised by the Congress over the reconstitution of the Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee shows its party’s “anti-Hindu” mindset, the BJP alleged on Friday. The saffron party’s rebuttal comes days after the Congress lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that the temple committee had been reconstituted in violation of the model code of conduct. “this issue, the Congress has proved that it is against the Sanatana Dharma and it does not want the next season of the Chardham Yatra to be carried out smoothly,” BJP spokesman Suresh Joshi said.
The number of voters in Sikkim has increased by 4,133 in a year to 4,44,261, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) D Anandan said here on Friday. The final electoral roll was published on January 1 this year. The draft roll unveiled on the same day in 2021 had shown that the total number of electorate was 4,40,128.
#WATCH | I've been working for 24 years; was formally declared candidate from Charthawal in 2018 (for 2022 UP polls), have been trying to get in touch with party, no proper response; have been told to arrange Rs 50 lakhs…had already paid about Rs 4.5 lakh: BSP's Arshad Rana pic.twitter.com/iIRCOPQ9is
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 14, 2022
In a major reshuffle, the Mizoram government has transferred 12 officials, including Champhai deputy commissioner Maria CT Zuali, who recently busted an areca nut smuggling racket. Zuali has been appointed as the additional secretary in food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department. School and education department director James Lalrinchhana will be replacing Zuali in Champai. Several transporter organisations and trade unions had urged Chief Minister Zoramthanga to transfer the deputy commissioner from the border district, claiming that her regular interference disrupted their businesses. Among others, Kolasib deputy commissioner H Lalthangliana has been shifted to school and education department. He will be replacing Lalrinchhana as the department director. Zuali had recently launched a crackdown on import of illegal items from Southeast Asian countries to India via Champhai.
The Bharatiya Janta Party’s first list of candidates for the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh is expected to be out tomorrow, sources told CNN-News18. More than 130 names are likely to be declared, they said.
Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash on Friday said that the Samajwadi Party is holding a rally in the city without acquiring permission for it. “Samajwadi Party’s rally being held without permission. Police team sent to SP office, necessary action to be taken in this regard,” Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash was quoted as saying by ANI.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying by the “80 versus 20” assertion, he meant the BJP will get 20 per cent of seats in the Uttar Pradesh elections while the rest 80 per cent will go to his party. But after the arrival of Swami Prasad Maurya and others in the SP, the saffron party would lose even this 20 per cent, Yadav said in his speech. “Baba mukhya mantri (Adityanath) should engage a math teacher,” the SP president said, referring to the chief minister’s “80 vs 20” remarks. Adityanath had recently said that in the Uttar Pradesh elections, while 80 per cent supporters will be on one side, 20 per cent will be on the other, which many thought was alluding to the 20 per cent Muslim population in the state.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had a meal at a Dalit household on Friday and said during the Samajwadi Party rule it was “social exploitation” and not “social justice”, whereas the BJP government was working for the development of every section of society without any discrimination. Adityanath’s visit to the Dalit family in Gorakhpur came a little before Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan and Dharam Singh Saini, who resigned from the government accusing it of being anti-Dalit, gathered at the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow to take up its membership in the run-up to the assembly polls beginning February 10.
Amidst a shadow cast by recent terror strikes, Manipur is headed for elections to its 60-member state assembly, with the Congress attempting to wrest back power from the ruling BJP- led coalition, which seems to be falling apart with smaller coalition partners deciding to put up candidates against the saffron party. Besides law and order, the long standing demand for junking Armed Forces Special Powers Act, economic woes of the land-locked state which has hardly any industries, are expected to figure high on the agenda of the unfolding electoral battle between the two main parties with smaller local parties such as National People’s Party and the Naga People’s Front chipping in with their own demands.
#WATCH BJP wickets falling one after the other, although our CM does not know how to play cricket. As Swami Prasad Maurya said wherever he goes, the government is formed, even this time he brought a huge number of leaders along with him: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav pic.twitter.com/DeLp2Zbdfe
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 14, 2022
TMC releases manifesto for the Bidhannagar Municipal polls, one of the four civic bodies scheduled to go for polls later this month.
Swami Prasad Maurya, who left his ministry and deserted the BJP recently, joined the Samajwadi Party, along with two other MLAs, in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav today.
With an aim to conduct free, fair and safe Assembly elections in five states, Election Commission of India is holding a meeting with the poll observers here on Friday. According to the officials, this is the first briefing of the commission to the senior officers, who have been deployed in the forthcoming elections.
Around 900 officers designated as ‘poll observers’ in different categories, such as General, Police and Expenditure, are attending the meeting wherein the Commission is discussing the core issues of the electioneering process, the sources said.
UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Friday said, “OBCs and Dalits are being misguided in the state. Let them (MLAs who left BJP) list 10 welfare schemes by SP for OBCs and Dalits. SP only works for Muslims and Yadavs. I want to tell them that other OBC communities will never join the Muslims and Yadavs.”
The BJP has decided to use its OBC morcha to counter the possible negative impact of desertions by backward caste leaders in Uttar Pradesh. The morcha has been tasked with reaching out to leaders of the OBC community at the local level and raising awareness on welfare measures implemented by the Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath governments to benefit the community. Read the full story here.
Riding on the Narendra Modi wave, a consolidation of the non-Yadav OBC and non-Jatav Dalit castes along with its traditional upper-caste vote bank, and a bitter division in the Muslim vote, the BJP rode to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 with a whopping 40% vote share and 312 seats, a feat not achieved by any party for over two decades. Read the full story here.
Allies Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal issued their first list of candidates for the February-March Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Thursday in their bid to unseat the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The list consists of 29 names, of which 10 are from the SP and the remaining 19 from the RLD. Some more names are expected to be announced within the next few days for the first two rounds of the seven-phase elections. Read the full story here.
Channi, who is currently the MLA of Chamkaur Sahib seat in Punjab Assembly, may also be fielded from Adampur constituency that falls in the Doaba region, where Dalits are deciding factor.
The Central Election Committee was held under the leadership of party chief Sonia Gandhi. Sources said the meeting, held virtually, discussed all the party candidates but did not release the list on Thursday. They said since there was no consensus on around five seats, the party’s screening committee would meet again on Friday to arrive at a decision. The congress will release the list of the candidates for Punjab assembly polls in a day or two, the sources said.
The BJP’s Central Election Committee had met on Thursday to finalise the party’s candidates for the seats which will go to the polls in the initial phases of the Uttar Pradesh elections starting from February 10. BJP president J P Nadda and Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, all three of whom have contracted coronavirus, joined the meeting via video conferencing, while Home Minister Amit Shah and several other leaders besides those from Uttar Pradesh, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, met physically. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also scheduled to join the meeting virtually.
As many as 58 and 55 seats of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will face the polls on February 10 and February 14 respectively. The state is scheduled to have seven-phase polls. Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab assembly polls will also be held on February 14. While the BJP is likely to drop a number of sitting MLAs to neutralise anti-incumbency at the local level, it may field Adityanath from Ayodhya. A five-term former Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur, Adityanath is currently a member of the state’s legislative council.