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Assembly Election 2022 Updates: BJP MLA in UP, 27 supporters booked for violating poll code, Covid norms

The Election Commission has already announced the dates and all the political parties have started flexing their muscles in the poll-bound states --- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 17, 2022 23:54 IST
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The stage is set for Assembly elections in five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab. While the first four are ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the last one has a Congress government. The Election Commission has already announced the dates and all the political parties have started flexing their muscles in the poll-bound states. Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous and one of the most politically crucial states, is already witnessing marathon rallies by top politicians from both the ruling and opposition parties. From Congress' side, its senior leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is spearheading the campaign. She is addressing rallies across the length and breadth of the state, promising to bring a change if her party forms the next government. Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati, both former CMs of Uttar Pradesh, are also leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters.

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  • 10:13 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Amit Shah to go on a marathon tour in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh

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  • 9:38 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP's Punjab unit urges Election Commission to postpone polls

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  • 9:25 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Punjab CM Channi to contest as independent candidate

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  • 9:19 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

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  • 8:40 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    FIR against Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

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  • 8:37 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    AAP announces 150 candidates for UP elections 2022

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  • 6:44 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Punjab Election 2022: BJP's Punjab unit urges Election Commission to postpone polls

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  • 6:22 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 6:20 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Shiv Sena will contest 10-15 seats in Goa: Sanjay Raut

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  • 6:03 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Utpal Parrikar is welcome to join AAP, says Kejriwal

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his party will welcome Utpal Parrikar, son of former Goa chief minister late Manohar Parrikar, if he is willing to join it. Utpal Parrikar has been lobbying to get the BJP's ticket for the Panaji Assembly seat, which his father had represented for more than two decades. But the ruling party has given him the cold shoulder.

     

  • 5:52 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Alliance with BJP final, Nishad party will contest 15 seats in UP: Sanjay Nishad

    Nishad party president Sanjay Nishad on Sunday said they will contest in 15 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh as part of an alliance with the BJP, but the seats are yet to be finalised. Nishad said he will meet senior BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, in Delhi on Monday to finalise the constituencies where the party will field its candidates.

     

  • 5:51 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    RLD chief slams BJP for 'polarisation', says it's driving 'one-gear car' headed backwards

    Accusing the BJP of indulging in polarisation in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh polls, RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday said the BJP is driving a "one-gear car" that is headed backwards, and asserted that the anti-Muslim rhetoric will not work as people are fed up of such politics. The 43-year-old leader, whose party has tied up with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party, also said he will not contest the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh and would instead focus on campaigning.

     

  • 5:50 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    BJP imported workers from Gujarat to spread rumours, hatred in UP, says SP chief

    Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday accused the BJP of importing workers from Gujarat to train its cadres in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh in spreading "hatred and rumours". He asked the Election Commission to take cognisance of the issue and send them back, failing which, he said elections may not remain impartial.

     

  • 5:00 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Battle for UP: AAP field doctors, engineers as candidates

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  • 4:10 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    SP's Agra MLA candidate booked for violating COVID-19 guidelines

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  • 3:15 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Ex-minister Dara Singh Chauhan, Apna Dal MLA join Samajwadi Party

    Former Uttar Pradesh minister and OBC leader Dara Singh Chauhan joined the Samajwadi Party on Sunday, days after he resigned from the Yogi Adityanath cabinet ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. Besides Chauhan, Apna Dal (Sonelal) MLA from Vishvanathganj Assembly constituency in Pratapgarh district R K Verma too joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led party which has emerged as the main challenger to the BJP in the state. Apna Dal (Sonelal) is an ally of the BJP. On Friday, former ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini, five BJP MLAs and one from the Apna Dal (Sonelal) had crossed over to the Samajwadi Party.

  • 3:13 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Battle for UP: Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura in BJP's campaign

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  • 2:21 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 1:31 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    I'm not scared, I'll march forward: Cong's Archana Gautam ready for Hastinapur battle

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  • 1:26 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Each Goa family to benefit by Rs 10L through AAP schemes: Kejriwal

    Each family in Goa would benefit by Rs 10 lakh over five years through state government's schemes, if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) comes to power in the state in the February 14 assembly polls, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Kejriwal also said that ordering failed raids on AAP officials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has inadvertently given a certificate of honesty to his party.

     

  • 12:42 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Post-poll alliance with non BJP party possible in Goa if AAP doesn't get majority : Kejriwal

    If the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fails to secure a majority in the upcoming Goa polls, the party would think of forming a post-poll coalition with a non-BJP party, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Kejriwal also ruled out a pre-poll coalition with the Trinamool Congress, while also saying that the doors of his party were open to the son of former Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar, Utpal, whose request for a BJP ticket to contest from Panaji is tipped to be denied by the ruling party.

     

  • 12:41 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Former UP Cabinet minister Dara Singh Chauhan joins Samajwadi Party

    Former Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Dara Singh Chauhan, who recently quit the state council of ministers, joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday.

  • 11:20 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    People in Goa didn't have any choice except BJP/Congress earlier, they want a change: Arvind Kejriwal

    Goa public is looking forward to the upcoming elections on Feb 14. AAP is fresh hope. They didn't have any choice except BJP/Congress earlier, they want a change & are frustrated: AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal in Goa

  • 11:13 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Dara Singh Chauhan quits BJP, likely to join BJP

    Another UP BJP Minister, Dara Singh Chauhan has resigned from the party, likely to join Samajwadi Party (SP). 

  • 10:55 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Fomer IPS Aseem Arun joins BJP in Lucknow

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    Fomer IPS Aseem Arun joins BJP in Lucknow

    Former IPS officer Asim Arun has joined BJP in the presence of Union Minister Anurag Thakur and other BJP leaders, in Lucknow.

  • 10:29 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    BJP to discuss probable names for Goa, Uttarakhand polls

    The top BJP leadership on Sunday will discuss the names of candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections with the leaders from Goa and Uttarakhand. Sources said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Pushkar Singh Dhami along with senior leaders of their respective states -- Goa and Uttarakhand -- will meet BJP central leadership. BJP central leadership will hold separate meetings with Goa and Uttarakhand units. Assembly polls in 40-member Goa and 70-member Uttarakhand Assemblies will be held on February 14 and counting of votes will take place on March 10.

  • 9:39 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Goa CM Pramod Sawant leaves for New Delhi

    Goa CM Pramod Sawant left for New Delhi this morning. He is likely to meet BJP national president JP Nadda for the upcoming state assembly polls.

  • 9:30 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Have not committed a crime: Congress' Archana Gautam's rebuttal on viral pics

    Congress candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Hastinapur, Archana Gautam, who is a winner of various beauty pageants including Miss Bikini India 2018, has given a befitting reply to the critics who questioned her credential as a politician.

    Talking to IANS, Gautam, 26, said: "Those who are commenting on my candidature, I would like to tell them that, I have not committed a crime. I have represented India in various beauty contests. Nor have I hurt anyone's sentiments, so why comment like this on me?

    "There are also BJP leaders who have been associated with the film industry. Two of them are Smriti Irani and Hema Malini. They have acted in films and have worn short clothes. They never represented India in any contest. But I contested against candidates from 30 countries and attained the first place."

  • 9:02 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Aparna Yadav, wife of Mulayam's son Prateek, likely to join BJP

    Sources have said that Aparna Yadav, wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Prateek is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). An official confirmation on the same is yet awaited. 

  • 8:15 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Showcause notice to Samajwadi Party for violating Covid protocols

    The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday issued a notice to the Samajwadi Party for allegedly violating Covid protocols in Lucknow on Friday and asked it to file a reply within 24 hours.

    The Commission, in the notice, said that available reports, prima-facie, suggest that the Samajwadi Party has violated the aforementioned lawful directions of the Commission and "therefore, the Commission, after considering the available material and extant instructions in the matter, has decided to provide you an opportunity to explain your stand regarding the said violations," it said.

  • 7:53 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Azam Khan's son Abdullah Azam released from jail

    Abdullah Azam, the son of senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, was released from Sitapur jail late Saturday evening. Abdullah Azam and his father were lodged in Sitapur jail after they were shifted from Rampur jail on 27 February 2020.

    According to Sitapur jail superintendent Suresh Singh, Abdullah Azam's release order was received earlier but there was discrepancy in it. A fresh order was sent from a Rampur court paving the way for his release, he said.

    Abdullah has as many as 43 cases registered against him in Rampur and the jail authorities got release orders in all the cases.

  • 7:49 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Should now stay in Gorakhpur: Akhilesh takes dig at Yogi Adityanath

    Soon after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be contesting the upcoming state assembly elections from Gorakhpur, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the BJP stating that now since the saffron party has sent him back to his stronghold, he should stay there.

    Addressing a press conference, the SP chief said, "Earlier they used to sometimes say 'he will fight from Ayodhya' or 'he will fight from Mathura' or 'he will fight from Prayagraj'. I am thankful to BJP. They have already sent him home even before polls, though people would have done it. Now Yogi should stay there. There is no need for him to come back."

    Full Coverage

  • 7:23 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    AAP will give honest govt to Goa, says Kejriwal

    Ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised an honest government in the state as he launched a door-to-door campaign in St. Andre and Siroda constituencies on Saturday.

    Kejriwal, who arrived in Goa on Saturday afternoon, kicked off a door-to-door campaign from St. Andre along with party candidate Ramrao Wagh, AAP Goa convener Rahul Mhambre and party leader Amit Palekar.

  • 7:22 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    UP: SP's Kairana MLA Nahid Hasan arrested under Gangsters Act

    Ahead of Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from Kairana seat Nahid Hasan was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police under the Gangsters Act and was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Kairana court.

    Hasan was wanted in connection with a case registered against him under Uttar Pradesh Gangsters Act in Kairana police station in February last year.

    On Friday, when Hasan was going to Shamli Collectorate to file his nomination papers, Kairana police arrested him, after which he was presented in Additional District Sessions Court before a Fast Track Court bench.

    Full Coverage

  • 7:22 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Punjab polls: Valuables worth Rs 40.31 cr seized since model code of conduct came into force

    Ever since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force in Punjab for the Assembly elections, various enforcement teams have seized valuables worth Rs 40.31 crores in violation of the code till January 14, 2022, said Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), S Karuna Raju, on Saturday.

    Giving details in this regard, Raju said that the surveillance teams have seized 2.72 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 81 lakh. Similarly, the enforcement wings have also recovered psychotropic substances amounting to Rs 38.93 crores besides confiscating unaccounted cash of Rs 14 lakhs, he added.

  • 7:01 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Police seize cash worth Rs 50 lakh in UP's Kanpur

    Flying squad team of Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday evening seized cash worth Rs 50 lakh from a car in Kanpur during checking in view of Assembly polls in the state, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) East, Pramod Kumar Singh.

    According to the police, a car registered on Lucknow number was caught by the flying squad team from the Ramadevi intersection in the Chakeri area police station.

    Full Coverage Here

  • 7:00 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    UP polls: BSP MLA Ramveer Upadhyay joins BJP

    Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, former State Cabinet Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Ramveer Upadhyay on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Agra.

    Speaking about the development, the BSP MLA's son, Chirag Upadhyay told reporters, "My father has joined BJP. We will make the BJP retain power in the state. My father has applied for a ticket from the Sadabad constituency in the Hathras district but it is upon the party to decide."

  • 6:41 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Goa polls: Congress, TMC spar over alliance likely to make BJP's task easier

    With Congress rejecting an offer by Trinamool Congress for an alliance for Goa assembly polls and AAP also fighting on its own, the incipient efforts to form a broad coalition and prevent division in anti-BJP votes do not appear to be fructifying and have apparently made the ruling party's task less challenging in the coastal state.

    Trinamool Congress, which is keen to leave a mark in its outing in Goa, had suggested a broad alliance but not much has moved on the proposal due to competing interests and apparent lack of faith between the opposition parties. Congress is peeved at the Trinamool Congress "poaching" its leaders.

    The Aam Aadmi Party, which could not perform well in the last assembly polls, is also keen to give an impressive performance on its own.

    Political observers have said that a "mahagathbandhan" of various parties opposed to the BJP will help prevent division of votes but that appears unlikely now with less than a month left for assembly polls.

    Congress and Trinamool Congress leaders looking after the affairs of their parties in Goa have taken potshots at each other amid suggestions for an alliance.