The Shiv Sena has controlled the BMC for the last two decades with the BJP remaining a junior partner. But Sena’s game plan to go alone in its bastion appeared to have failed to pay off.
The Prime Minister’s statement came at a time when polling in third phase of Assembly elections in the state was underway in 69 seats of 12 districts.
While Irani’s effort to drag Priyanka into a petty political battle may be deemed as petulant behavior, all eyes are currently on Priyanka who is campaigning in Raebareli
The Indian Express travels a day each with the two candidates as they go about their separate campaigns.
Joining hands with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav led the SP assault, as party patriarch Mulayam kept away following family feud.
Rahul has made denomenisation and its effects, primarily farmer distress, as his election theme for Uttar Pradesh.
Akhilesh Yadav is no villain, he is the hero of the story and the icon for a pragmatic new generation that has no patience to be bringing up father as he makes one bad decision after another.
Mualayam Singh Yadav said: “SP was capable enough to contest and win elections alone, there was no need for the alliance. I will not go anywhere to campaign for this (SP-Congress) alliance.”
As per a report prepared by ADR, four face murder cases, 11 were booked for attempt to murder and 6 for crimes against women.
“Priyanka has been of tremendous help to me and I have been so to her; if she campaigns or not is her choice. She is an asset to Congress,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav claimed that UP voters will catapult the alliance past the 300+ margin.
The slogan was extensively used in roadshows and campaigns of the Congress party even as the ruling SP was mired in a factional crisis of its own.
“There are several prettier ladies than Priyanka Gandhi who are star campaigners,” said BJP MP Vinay Katiyar.
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Former union minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh who was also present at the press conference said people were suffering because of demonetisation, and Congress was giving them voice through its Jan Vedana campaign.