Releasing the SP manifesto as the new president of the ruling party, Akhilesh had said, "Previous 'patthar wali sarkar' has done nothing for UP except erecting stone statues of elephants."
The manifesto announced distribution of laptops, Kanya Vidya Dhan, Samajwadi Pension, laying of Purvanchal Expressway and establishing Janeshwar Mishra model villages besides improving helplines for police and women in distress.
The 32-page manifesto carried the photographs of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his father and SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, but no snap of Shivpal Yadav.
Akhilesh slammed BJP for its Lok Sabha poll promise and asked what happened to its 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' slogan.
The ruling coalition in Bihar consists of RJD, JD(U) and Congress. While Chief Minister Nitish Kumar belongs to JD(U), RJD has the maximum MLAs in the alliance.
Samajwadi Party - Congress alliance: The Congress party will be allotted 105 seats in the upcoming election
NCP leader further said that forming alliance would be in the interest of all secular votes and secular parties.
Congress' attitude to play a national party vis-a-vis what it sees as a regional player, touched a raw nerve in the SP leadership.
The SP had shown signs of driving a hard bargain when it announced its list of candidates for 208 seats, with 10 of these in seats held by the Congress.
“Like Bihar, they need to be taught a lesson in UP so that this party (BJP) and Sangh no longer indulge in unconstitutional talk of ending reservation,” she told mediapersons.
According to notice, the contents of FIR has revealed that the Fatehpur police, on January 11, had seized 4,452 sarees from a Tata loader.
BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya released the names of star campaigners.
Chaudhary, who joined the BSP in the presence of party chief Mayawati, has been promised a ticket from his Phephna seat in Ballia, which he had lost in the 2012 elections.
The party's first list had 8 names.
Away from SP drama and BJP theatre, BSP has been at work for two years in UP, turning around party units, wooing youth, refiguring old support bases and figuring out new media.
BJP leaders said both SP and BSP will now use it to poach on the other backward castes, who the party believes are willing to bet on it again as they did during much of 90s but drifted away later.
Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi also did not find a place on this list.
The SP MLA's quit the praty as their name did not figured in the list of 208 candidates announced on Friday.
The minister has been asked to respond by January 23 evening.
"Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had offered 100 seats to the Congress, but they were insisting on 120 seats and were not ready to accept anything less than that," said Agarwal
According to District Magistrate D K Singh, the district has been divided into 156 sectors with total 887 polling centres in six Assembly constituencies.
Having failed to strike a deal with the Samajwadi Party or Congress, RLD yesterday announced that it will contest all the 403 assembly seats in UP in alliance with JD-U and 10 smaller parties.
UP CM's offer came in the backdrop of talks between Samajwadi Party and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday along with a special emissary of Priyanka Gandhi in Lucknow.
The BJP candidate for Mathura Assembly seat, Srikant Sharma, has also been booked for violation of Section 144 of CrPC, said ADM Ravindra Kumar
A notice has also been issued to BJP allegedly for distributing food packets in its Farmer's conference and using party flag in a trader's conference after model code of conduct for elections was promulgated.
Attacking Samajwadi Party, Mayawati alleged it has been shielding criminals and communal forces and has a clear understanding with the BJP.
Criticising the government’s move of demonetising high-denomination currency notes worth Rs. 500 and 1,000, Mayawati said people will give a befitting reply in response to this policy.
Talking to The Indian Express Jadav said, “My client want to file nominations from both the constituencies and also wants to campaign for others in Uttar Pradesh.
Among the 58 candidates, while only 10 are for western UP, the rest are from eastern and central parts of the state, where BJP focussed specifically this polls.
Till Thursday, reports indicated that RLD was hopeful of coming to a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress. Sources said RLD had demanded 36 seats from Congress.
Shivpal, however, has been fielded from Jaswantnagar in Etawah, the constituency reportedly sought for him by Mulayam.
Babbar indicated that the final decision on the SP-Congress alliance was yet to be taken and that he was in Lucknow to complete formalities for filing nomination forms.
Congress says SP move ‘unfortunate’, asks it to ‘honour’ agreement reached between the parties for UP elections
A defiant Akhilesh had last month announced his own candidates after his father's list did not accommodate many of his key aides.
Rejecting the stand of the Mulayam Singh Yadav camp, the Election Commission said there is a clear split in the party.
To a question, Nanda expressed his party's inability to given Amethi seat held by it to Congress.