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BJP MLA Wilfred D'Sa Resigns from Goa Assembly, Quits Party Ahead of State Polls

After getting elected on the Congress ticket from the Nuvem Assembly constituency in 2017, D'Sa had joined the BJP in July 2019 along with nine other party MLAs. | January 19, 2022, 22:59 IST

BJP MLA Wilfred D’Sa resigned as a member of the Goa Legislative Assembly as well as from the party on Wednesday, ahead of the saffron party announcing its first list of candidates for the next month’s state elections. D’Sa claimed that he would fight the February 14 Assembly polls an independent. After getting elected on the Congress ticket from the Nuvem Assembly constituency in 2017, D’Sa had joined the BJP in July Read More

Jan 19, 2022 19:09 IST

Bhupesh Baghel Meets Congress High Command in Delhi

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former party chief Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra here on Wednesday, and discussed the strategy for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Baghel, who has been appointed as the senior observer for the Uttar Pradesh polls by the Congress, met Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi at the former’s 10, Janpath residence, while he called on Rahul Gandhi at his 12, Tughlaq Lane house, sources said. Read More

Jan 19, 2022 17:55 IST

CDS Bipin Rawat’s Brother Vijay Rawat Joins BJP

Hours after meeting Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Colonel (retd) Vijay Rawat, brother of late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, on Wednesday joined the ruling BJP ahead of upcoming elections in the state. “My father was with the BJP post his retirement. Now I have got the opportunity to join the party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is out-of-the-box. That is something which inspires me,” he said. “This is a party that wants to grow in all aspects,” he added. Read More

Jan 19, 2022 17:53 IST

Maha: BJP Claims of Winning Maximum Seats in Nagar Panchayat Polls

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil has claimed that his party has emerged as the single largest political force in the state and can lead 24 nagar panchayats. Speaking to reporters, Patil claimed that the BJP has so far won more than 400 seats in the recent elections held for 106 nagar panchayats in the state. The elections were held for 106 nagar panchayats in the state, where the BJP has won more than 400 seats so far. We are in a strong position to lead 24 local bodies and we need the support of a couple of corporators to stake claim in another six towns, the senior leader said.

Jan 19, 2022 17:51 IST

Will Show Power of Shiv Sena-NCP Alliance in Goa Polls: Sanjay Raut

Addressing media, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “It’s Congress’s misfortune that they didn’t form an alliance with us. We will show the power of the Shiv Sena-NCP alliance in the upcoming Goa Assembly elections; only our party will come to power.”

Jan 19, 2022 17:33 IST

Akhilesh Says Will Ask People of Azamgarh If I Contest

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said he would seek permission from the people of Azamgarh, a seat which he represents in the Parliament, if he decides to contest the Uttar Pradesh elections. “I will take the permission of the people in Azamgarh and then contest the elections from there,” he said at a press conference. Speculations are rife that Akhilesh may contest from Gopalpur in Azamgarh. Read More

Jan 19, 2022 17:20 IST

Reschedule Manipur Polls, Tough for Christians to Come to Vote on Sunday: Congress, BJP to EC

After Punjab, political parties are now demanding rescheduling of elections in Manipur. The state will vote on February 27 and March 3. Manipur has 60 seats and 38 seats will go to polls in the first phase. The Congress has already given a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI), stating February 27 is Sunday and voting on that day goes against the religious sentiment of Christian community. Tribal groups and tribal students’ union also have the same opinion. Read More

Jan 19, 2022 17:02 IST

BJP, Apna Dal & Nishad Party to Jointly Contest UP Elections: JP Nadda

BJP national president JP Nadda on Wednesday announced that BJP, Apna Dal and Nishad Party will jointly contest upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on 403 seats. Addressing a presser, he said, “In the last two days, we had discussions with all our allies in seat sharing. We will fight all 403 seats in UP. This state has given momentum of development with double engine government. With model of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas, development has been our agenda in all sectors. Be it is connectivity, education, health, etc. In all these aspects our alliance has worked together. Women, youths, law and order have been our focus in the last five years. Situation was completely different in the raj (rule) of the previous government. Gunda raj etc. Today everything has changed under our government.”

Jan 19, 2022 16:38 IST

Punjab CM Channi Claims He Will Not Be Allowed to Contest Polls

Addressing a presser on Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has claimed that he will not be allowed to contest upcoming state assembly elections or file nominations. “All efforts are being made to destroy the Congress efforts,” he alleged.

Jan 19, 2022 16:20 IST

Aparna Yadav Feels Safe in BJP: Anurag Thakur

“We have welcomed many MLCs and MLAs who have left SP and other parties to join BJP. Joining of Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of former UP CM Mulayam Yadav shows how Yogi government provided protection to daughters. Aparna Yadav and Sanghmitra Maurya feel safe in BJP,” said Union Minister Anurag Thakur to ANI.

Jan 19, 2022 16:07 IST

SP Has Given Tickets to Criminals: UP CM Adityanath

“They (Samajwadi Party) have given tickets to criminals…be it Kairana, Bulandshahar (or other regions). This shows their criminals mentality. They want to bring in ‘Maafiavad’ in the state once again. One thing is clear that Samajwadi Party is on the back foot after releasing their first list. Now they are apprehensive over releasing the second list… We hope that Aparna Yadav will strengthen BJP with her work,” said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ANI on being asked about SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s relative Aparna Yadav joining BJP.

Jan 19, 2022 15:45 IST

Shiv Sena-NCP to Fight Goa Polls Together: Praful Patel

“We made an offer to Congress to jointly contest Goa polls, but in vain. They neither said yes nor no. NCP and Shiv Sena will jointly fight Goa polls, not all 40 seats, but a substantial number. First list may be released tomorrow followed by other lists,” said NCP leader Praful Patel during a press conference in the presence of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

Jan 19, 2022 15:34 IST

Former U'khand CM TS Rawat Says 'Not Willing to Fight Polls'

Former chief minister of Uttarakhand TS Rawat has requested to BJP national president JP Nadda that he is not willing to fight upcoming state assembly election as he wants to devote his full time for party campaign and to ensure the victory of the party.

Jan 19, 2022 15:27 IST

BJP Walking on Thin Ice in Bengal Amid Infighting

Plagued by infighting and exodus, the West Bengal BJP, which is still licking its wounds after the assembly poll defeat, is staring at bleak prospects in the state as senior leaders engage in feud off and on social media, leaving little time for the party’s growth. Churnings in the Bengal BJP had started after the recent organisational revamp, with several senior leaders and party legislators openly criticising the top brass over its decisions. Read More

Jan 19, 2022 15:05 IST

UP Polls 2022: Laxmikant Bajpai's Claim that Yadav May Join BJP is Baseless and Lacks Facts, Says Shivpal Singh Yadav

Jan 19, 2022 14:42 IST

UP Polls 2022: RLD Changes Candidate from Chhaprauli Seat in Baghpat

The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which is fighting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in a tie-up with the Samajwadi Party (SP), on Wednesday changed its candidate for the Chhaprauli seat in Baghpat district. The RLD has announced Ajay Kumar’s candidature from Chhaprauli and Saurabh, who goes by single name, from Muzaffarnagar, the party said on Twitter. On January 17, the RLD had announced Vijay Pal Rathi as its candidate for the Chhaprauli seat.The reason for the change in candidature was not known immediately.

Jan 19, 2022 14:34 IST

Lawyer, Social Worker & AAP's Chief Ministerial Face: Meet Amit Palekar, Kejriwal's Bet to Challenge BJP in Goa

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced senior advocate Amit Palekar as its chief ministerial face for Goa ahead of the upcoming elections. Palekar belongs to the Bhandari community in Goa, which is one of the largest voter bases in the coastal state. Incidentally, last year, the Bhandari Samaj in Goa had made it clear that it would extend its support to any political party that would declare its chief ministerial candidate from its community. READ MORE

Jan 19, 2022 14:25 IST

SC to Consider Hearing PIL Challenging Use of EVMs in Polls

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to consider listing of a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of a provision of the Representation of People Act which had led to the introduction of electronic voting machines (EVMs), instead of ballot papers, for polls in the country. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana heard the submissions of lawyer M L Sharma, who filed the plea in his personal capacity, and said that he would consider listing of his case. Sharma said Section 61A of the Representation of People Act, which permitted the use of EVMs, was not passed by Parliament and hence cannot be imposed.

Jan 19, 2022 13:42 IST

Uttar Pradesh Polls 2022: Will contest elections after taking permission from the Azamgarh people: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

Jan 19, 2022 13:41 IST

Uttar Pradesh Polls 2022: BJP releases a list of 30 leaders who will campaign for the party's candidates in the first phase of the upcoming polls

Jan 19, 2022 13:31 IST

Uttar Pradesh Polls 2022: Samajwadi Pension Yojana was Helping Poor, Will be Started Again, Says Akhilesh Yadav

2019 along with nine other party MLAs.

Talking to reporters, he said, “I have resigned from the state Assembly as well as from the party to contest the upcoming election as an independent candidate.” “I have already told the BJP about my decision to quit the party ahead of the polls. I had told the party that I would not be contesting the 2022 polls on BJP ticket,” said D’Sa. He said that he had consulted his supporters, who had advised him to contest as an independent candidate.

Meanwhile, Amit Palekar, an advocate by profession was announced as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s chief minister face for the upcoming Goa assembly elections.

On the other hand, Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, officially joined the BJP on Wednesday ahead of UP polls.

BJP is all set to hold rallies in a ‘hybrid mode’ amid a ban on physical rallies due to rising cases of Covid-19. Reportedly, the party has curated a fresh strategy for the upcoming five state polls, wherein the rallies will be telecast live on several social media platforms, that will witness a crowd of around 2 lakh people.

The Election Commission on Tuesday let off the Samajwadi Party with a light rap for violating Covid-19 norms on its office premises last week, advising it to be careful and ensure such breaches do not happen in the future. Considering that it is the first reported violation during the current round of elections, the Commission advised it to follow all the extant guidelines diligently, according to an order.

Meanwhile, the Congress will “expose failures” of the BJP on several issues, including that of farmers and women, internal security, price rise and unemployment, in the run-up to the assembly polls in five states beginning February 10, party sources told PTI. They said that as part of its campaign, senior Congress leaders will hold press conferences in all the poll-bound states on Wednesday on the issue of farmers. They said the party seeks to highlight how the BJP has failed to double farmers’ income and how it has burdened them with additional taxes on farm inputs and given the agrarian community pain due to the farm laws.

(with inputs from PTI)

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