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UP 2022 Election Campaign Highlights: In new poll promise, Akhilesh vows Rs 25 lakh to kin of farmers who died during protests

2022 UP Assembly Election Campaign Highlights: "We promise that in 2022, as soon as the Samajwadi Party government comes to power, farmers who died during the agitation against farm laws will be given a 'Kisan Shahadat Samman Rashi' of Rs 25 lakh," Yadav said in a tweet.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: November 25, 2021 10:02:39 am
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

UP 2022 Polls Live, 2022 Uttar Pradesh Election Campaign Highlights:  Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said if his party comes to power in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly election, its government will give Rs 25 lakh each to farmers who died during the farm laws agitation.

“We promise that in 2022, as soon as the Samajwadi Party government comes to power, farmers who died during the agitation against farm laws will be given a ‘Kisan Shahadat Samman Rashi’ of Rs 25 lakh,” Yadav said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, ahead of the inauguration on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the Jewar airport. “For many years, there have been discussions on the possibility of an airport in this region. But due to lack of political will, it could not materialise. I am thankful for the vision of the Prime Minister because of which the airport is being built. The government focused on development activities and this will be a monumental project for the public in West UP,” said Adityanath at the inauguration site.

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21:57 (IST)24 Nov 2021
'For a change': Akhilesh tweets photo with AAP leaders

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has tweeted photo of him meeting AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey, with the caption: "A meeting that is for a change!"

According to ANI, after the meeting, Singh said, "If talks on alliance take place, then it will be made public. No talk about seats yet."

21:55 (IST)24 Nov 2021
UP Congress to launch 15-day membership campaign on Nov 26 

The Uttar Pradesh Congress will launch a 15-day membership campaign on Constitution Day on November 26 with a target of enrolling one crore new members, news agency PTI reported. 

The campaign will continue till December 10. On November 26, 'Bhim Charcha' and dinner will be organised in villages, settlements, and wards. Contributions of Dr B R Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, will be discussed, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Ajay Kumar Lallu said.

During the campaign, one crore new members will be added under the slogan "Ek Parivaar, Naye Sadasya Chaar (one family, four new members)", Lallu said, adding that all new members will have to give a missed call on 8230005000 to register themselves.

21:54 (IST)24 Nov 2021
UP: Rae Bareli MLA, another legislator join BJP 

Months ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP got a shot in the arm as two opposition MLAs, including the Congress legislator from Rae Bareli, joined the party here on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh welcomed Congress MLA  Aditi Singh and BSP Sagri (SC) MLA Vandana Singh into the party fold at its state unit headquarters in Lucknow in presence of senior leaders.

Aditi Singh shifting to the BJP assumes significance as the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency is held by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (PTI)

21:51 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Centre wouldn’t have repealed farm laws if there were no polls in UP: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday alleged that the BJP-led central government would not have taken a decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws if there were no elections in Uttar Pradesh and other states in the near future.

Speaking to reporters at Mahabaleshwar in Satara district, he again asserted that the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra will complete its full five-year term, and expressed confidence that if elections are held now, the three-party alliance will once again come to power.

Pawar was speaking to reporters before attending the NCP’s youth wing convention.

18:23 (IST)24 Nov 2021
AAP, SP discuss seat-sharing for UP polls

The Aam Aadmi Party Wednesday said it has started talks with the Samajwadi Party to sign a seat-sharing pact for the 2022 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh made the announcement after meeting SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. There have been meetings between the two in the past but the talk of a possible alliance was kept under the wraps.

“We have started the talks today. Our primary goal is to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, which is suffering under the misrule of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Akhilesh Yadav is in talks with many parties and our meeting today is also a step in that direction,” Singh told indianexpress.com. Read the full report here.

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16:04 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Akhilesh vows Rs 25 lakh to kin of farmers who died during protests

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said if his party comes to power in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly election, its government will give Rs 25 lakh each to farmers who died during the farm laws agitation.

"We promise that in 2022, as soon as the Samajwadi Party government comes to power, farmers who died during the agitation against farm laws will be given a 'Kisan Shahadat Samman Rashi' of Rs 25 lakh," Yadav said in a tweet.

14:02 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Had Centre withdrawn farm laws earlier, deaths of 700 farmers could've been prevented: BJP leader

Launching a tirade against his own party's central leadership, BJP leader and former MLA Ram Iqbal Singh said the death of over 700 farmers could have been prevented had the Union government withdrawn the three contentious agriculture laws within 30 days of the farmers' agitation. Singh, an executive committee member of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, also called Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut "manchali" (crazy, mischievous ) for her remarks about the country's independence. 

"Over 700 farmers would not have died if the three agricultural laws were withdrawn within 30 days of the farmers' agitation. This decision to repeal the laws is a sign of happiness on one hand and 'late latifi' (a late act) on the other," Singh told reporters in the Nagra area of the district here on Tuesday evening. He also asked the government to accept all the demands of the farmers.

12:52 (IST)24 Nov 2021
To win 86 reserved seats, Mayawati falls back on Dalit-Brahmin ‘bhaichara’

With an aim to win the 86 reserved Assembly constituencies through social engineering in the upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday told party’s vidhan sabha chiefs to develop ‘bhaichara’ (brotherhood) between Brahmins and Scheduled Castes (SCs)/Scheduled Tribes (STs) in those seats.

She also reviewed the functioning of polling and sector booth committees of each reserved constituency and the progress of the party’s efforts to reach out to Brahmins in these constituencies.

11:13 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Mulayam wants Kumar Vishwas to join Samajwadi Party: Uday Pratap

Samajwadi Party founder and patron Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday sent feelers to former AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishwas to join his party. At a book release function organised at Indira Pratishthan here, Yadav expressed his feelings about Vishwas to socialist and poet Uday Pratap. 

"Kumar Vishwas is known as a big poet. Netaji was telling me in my ears that if he is not in any party, why don't you take him in the Samajwadi Party," Uday Pratap, who was sitting next to the SP patron on the dais, said. 

Vishwas was earlier a prominent figure in the Aam Aadmi Party and had contested against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in the 2014 general election, but unsuccessfully. He, however, had later quit the AAP and is staying away from politics.

09:17 (IST)24 Nov 2021
UP: Charges filed against 4 over ‘objectionable’ posters on CAA-NRC

The Uttar Pradesh government has granted the police sanction to prosecute four men in Meerut under IPC Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc). The four were booked last year for allegedly trying to create differences between two communities by pasting objectionable posters on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

08:31 (IST)24 Nov 2021
UP will be biggest economy in India after BJP wins 2022 Assembly polls: Sudhanshu Trivedi

BJP national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi on Tuesday claimed Uttar Pradesh will become the "biggest economy in the country" after Yogi Adityanath becomes chief minister for the second time in a row following next year's Assembly election. Under the BJP's rule, a sense of pride and self-respect can be observed in Uttar Pradesh which is witness to a new form and framework of development, he said.

On the sidelines of an event organised by the BJP's youth wing -- the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) -- Trivedi stressed that the youth of the state will "vote for development and nationalism and discard nepotism, regionalism, casteism and communalism". "Uttar Pradesh will become the biggest economy in the country after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wins the upcoming assembly elections," he added. (PTI)

22:04 (IST)23 Nov 2021
BJP chief attacks Opposition over Ram Temple

Sharpening his attack on opposition parties, BJP chief JP Nadda said on Tuesday, "When we used to say 'Ram Lalla Hum Aayenge, Mandir Wahi Banayenge', opposition parties used to ask, 'When will the temple be built, and when will you come?' They created obstructions and then made fun of us."

"Today, we say that we have come, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paved the way for the construction of a grand Ram temple. I want to tell the people of opposition parties that now you too come, bow your head and go ahead," he added.

21:44 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Those who remember Jinnah confined to dynastic politics: JP Nadda

People who remember Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah are confined to dynastic politics, BJP chief J P Nadda said here on Tuesday in a veiled attack at Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav.

Yadav recently courted controversy when he named Jinnah, along with Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and Mahatma Gandhi, saying they had helped India achieve independence and never shied away from any struggle. He had also said the three leaders studied at the same institute for their barristership.

Addressing the BJP's booth heads of the Kanpur region at the railway ground in Nirala Nagar, Nadda said those who remember Jinnah are confined to dynastic politics. 'They have nothing to do with development. Such people have to be given a reply in the elections by nationalist forces. We all have to remember this,' he said. (PTI)

20:59 (IST)23 Nov 2021
PM to lay foundation stone of Noida International Airport on Nov 25

The poll-bound Uttar Pradesh will soon become the only state in India to have five international airports with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar on Thursday.

A special focus of this grand vision has been on Uttar Pradesh that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under-construction international airport at Ayodhya. Read more

19:54 (IST)23 Nov 2021
President Kovind to visit UP for 2 days from Wednesday

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh from November 24 to 25, PTI reported.

The president will grace and address the birth centenary celebrations of Chaudhary Harmohan Singh Yadav on Wednesday and address the centenary celebrations of Harcourt Butler Technical University on Thursday, a statement by the Rashtrapati Bhawan said.

19:22 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Explained: Politics of Uttar Pradesh expressways

In Uttar Pradesh, expressway projects are so closely intertwined with politics that they have remained the headline achievement for three successive regimes.

The first expressway, the Taj Expressway project (later renamed Yamuna Expressway), went through a series of regimes before it saw the light of day. Conceived in 2001 during the BJP regime under Rajnath Singh, it was planned and executed during 2007-12 BSP regime under Mayawati — who gave it the new name — and was finally inaugurated in 2012 by then CM Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party. Read more

19:03 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Yogi’s warning to Owaisi, ‘followers of abba jaan’: Don’t try to inflame passions over CAA

Uttar Padesh chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday again used the term “abba jaan” as a jibe, threatening strict action against those who incite passion over the Citizenship Amendment act.

His main target was AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi who recently demanded the withdrawal of the law, but the CM’s remark could be interpreted by many as a reference to the Muslim community in general.

The chief minister had sparked a row in September by using the Urdu term for ‘father’, saying that rations distributed by the previous state government went to those who say “abba jaan”.

In Kanpur on Tuesday, Adityanath said there used to be riots every “third or fourth day” in Uttar Pradesh earlier. “I would like to warn the person who is once again is trying to incite feelings in the name of CAA.” “I am asking followers of ‘chacha jaan’ (uncle) and ‘abba jaan’ to listen carefully that if attempts are made to vitiate the atmosphere of the state by inciting feelings, the state government will deal with it strictly,” the chief minister said. Read more

18:37 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Protest to continue, PM trying to divide farmers: Tikait at mahapanchayat

Reiterating the farmers’ resolve to continue with their agitation, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to create a rift among farmers.

“It took one year for us to make them (government) understand that the laws you brought are not good for poor farmers, labourers, and others. We said things in our language, but those sitting in bungalows in Delhi had another language… They decided to withdraw the law but tried to divide the farmers by saying that they failed to make some people understand the laws,” Tikait said at a kisan mahapanchayat in Lucknow, referring to Modi’s apology while announcing the decision on Friday.

He also reiterated the demand for sacking Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, whose son has been arrested in connection with the death of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri. Read more

18:05 (IST)23 Nov 2021
BJP misused official machinery for party programme in Kanpur: Congress

Senior Congress leader and former MP P L Punia accused the BJP of misuing official machinery during its programme in Kanpur, where party president inaugurated the regional party office and addressed booth presidents on Tuesday. "BJP President J P Nadda and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated a five-star hotel-like party office in Kanpur today. The entire administration was busy in making a grand programme for the ruling party," Punia was quoted as saying by PTI.

Punia said the "dark exploits" of the state government cannot be hidden behind this grandeur and alleged that the district administration destroyed the families living in the slums around the new BJP office at the behest of the government. These people had been living there for the past 10 years and are Rajasthani sculptors having children, pregnant women, senior citizens and differently-abled members in their families, the Congress leader said. 

This action has exposed the "anti-poor" face of the Adityanath-led government, Punia said, adding that the affected people there have been provided help by the local Congress workers.

17:51 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Akhilesh Yadav, RLD chief meet in Lucknow, seat-sharing discussed

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Rastriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chowdhury on Tuesday met here to discuss seat-sharing for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Yadav had earlier said that his party's alliance with the Rastriya Lok Dal is final and only sharing of seats is to be discussed. 

When asked Rastriya Lok Dal state president Masood Ahmad said that both the leaders met in the state capital and "there is a discussion on seat sharing". About the number of seats the RLD will be getting to fight in the polls early next year, Ahmad said it has not been finalised yet. (PTI)

BJP president J P Nadda. (Twitter/@JPNadda)

The BJP’s senior leaders such as party president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh are set to address the party’s booth presidents’ in six regions in Uttar Pradesh in the coming days with the aim of galvanising the cadre in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly elections.

On Monday, Nadda addressed a meeting of 27,637 booth presidents in Gorakhpur district, which is the home turf of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in the state on November 25 to address a “booth sammelan” in the Awadh region in Sitapur district. Two days later, he will address a similar gathering in Jaunpur district for the party’s booth presidents from the Kashi (Varanasi) region. Kashi and Awadh are the largest regions in the state in terms of the BJP’s organisational structure. The Awadh region has 33,474 booths in 82 Assembly constituencies while Kashi has over 32,000 booths in 71 constituencies.

Sources said Amit Shah was likely to address such meetings of booth presidents in western Uttar Pradesh and the Braj region later this month but added that the schedule had not been finalised yet. While western UP has over 27,600 booths in 71 constituencies the Braj region has over 27,800 booths in 65 Assembly seats.

Explained: Politics of Uttar Pradesh expressways

In Uttar Pradesh, expressway projects are so closely intertwined with politics that they have remained the headline achievement for three successive regimes.

UP’s expressway network today is 800 km long, the latest addition being the 341-km Purvanchal Expressway inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week. Crisscrossing the state from Greater Noida in the west to Ghazipur near the Bihar border in the east, the network has been built at a cost of Rs 50,000 crore over the last 15 years.

Another 900 km is in the pipeline — longer if we count proposed extensions.

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