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UP 2022 Election Campaign Live: SP, Congress instigated riots, played caste politics, says Yogi Adityanath

2022 UP Assembly Election Campaign Live Updates: The CM said this while laying the foundation stone of an ethanol plant, to be set up on 65.61 acres of land at Balrampur Sugar Mills Complex, Maijapur, at a cost of Rs 450 crore.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: November 27, 2021 10:39:33 pm
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi AdityanathThe state Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave its nod to the the implementation of the Central government “umbrella scheme” for farmers aimed at developing farm-based infrastructure by utilising the centrally sponsored Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. (file photo)

UP 2022 Polls Live, 2022 Uttar Pradesh Election Campaign Live:  Launching a scathing attack on the opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday exhorted people to not fall for their promises as they keep changing their statements. He claimed that there had been no riot, farmer suicides, or deaths due to starvation after BJP came to power in the state.

The CM said this while laying the foundation stone of an ethanol plant, to be set up on 65.61 acres of land at Balrampur Sugar Mills Complex, Maijapur, at a cost of Rs 450 crore. He said similar works for the state’s development could have been done earlier also, but the previous governments engaged in nepotism instead and misled people. “Who had stopped Congress? Who had stopped ‘Babua’ and ‘Bua’ (Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati)? They had got full opportunity to work, but during their tenures work was done not for development but for ‘bhai-bhatijawaad’ (family and relatives), caste and region.” he said.

“There was dishonesty, corruption, and riots. Do not fall for their misleading talk. They change their statements with such frequency, it can put even a chameleon to shame,” Yogi said.

In the meantime, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, while addressing a rally in Lucknow, said the crowds at the rallies of the party is testament to the fact that the BJP will be uprooted from the state in the upcoming elections. “Every section is fed up with them. No other party had given more hardships to the people as much as the BJP,” the SP chief added.

This comes a day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was ready to extend help to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for next year’s Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, if required. SP is already is the advanced stages of seat sharing talks with the Aam Aadmi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

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22:39 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Voters from backward communities will play vital role in UP polls: Anupriya Patel

BJP ally Apna Dal (S) on Saturday said it hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will accept its demand for creating an OBC ministry, and claimed that in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, voters from backward communities will play a "vital role". 

Union Minister and Apna Dal (Sonelal) national president Anupriya Patel said that her party follows the path shown by Dr Sonelal Patel and with the efforts of all, those from backward and other backward classes (OBC) got their rights.

With the struggle of the Apna Dal (S) people from backward communities were also able to get 27 per cent reservation in admission at Sainik and Central schools, she said.

"I hope Prime Minister Modi will accept the demand of an OBC ministry on the lines of the minority affairs ministry," Anupriya Patel reiterated her demand, while addressing a gathering on the death anniversary of former prime minister V P Singh. (PTI)

20:54 (IST)27 Nov 2021
PM files in aircraft worth Rs 8,000 cr to address rally but can't waive farmers' debt: Priyanka

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday attacked PM Narendra Modi, saying he flies in an aircraft worth Rs 8,000 crore to address a rally but can't waive debt of farmers.

Addressing her party's "Pratigya Rally" in this Bundelkhand district, she also promised debt waiver for farmers and free gas cylinders to women if the Congress comes to power in next year's Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Targeting the PM, she accused him of doing nothing for farmers. "Do you know the income of PM's big industrialist friends? They earn Rs 10,000 crore daily and you are earning Rs 27 a day, and this government is doing nothing for you, she alleged.

"Do you know the cost of the aircraft used by him? It is Rs 8,000 crore. He comes here to give a speech but your income is not raised. He comes in that aircraft but cannot waive debt of farmers," Priyanka said apparently referring to the PM's recent visit to Mahoba. If they have money to buy aircrafts, then why not for you, she asked. (PTI)

20:53 (IST)27 Nov 2021
UP witnessed riots under SP rule, seeing 'dangal' now: Anurag Thakur

Targeting Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, Union minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur on Saturday said there were "dange" (riots) in Uttar Pradesh under the SP rule whereas "dangal" (wrestling matches) are being organised now.

The minister attended the 'Sansad Khel Mahakumbh' organised in Baraut in Baghpat district of the poll-bound state.

Addressing the event, he said, "If we are giving the youth a chance to progress in sports, then what is the harm. Akhilesh Yadav complaining that these MPs organise 'Khel Mahakumbh'. Brother Akhilesh, you orchestrate riots and we organise 'dangal', so what is wrong in it."

"I know that the people of Baghpat do not know about riots, they believe in 'dangal' only. If a politician promotes sports, what can be better than this," he said.

Thakur is the BJP's co-incharge for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections slated for early next year. (PTI)

20:52 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Voters from backward communities will play vital role in UP polls: Anupriya Patel

BJP ally Apna Dal (S) on Saturday said it hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will accept its demand for creating an OBC ministry, and claimed that in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, voters from backward communities will play a "vital role". 

Union Minister and Apna Dal (Sonelal) national president Anupriya Patel said that her party follows the path shown by Dr Sonelal Patel and with the efforts of all, those from backward and other backward classes (OBC) got their rights.

With the struggle of the Apna Dal (S) people from backward communities were also able to get 27 per cent reservation in admission at Sainik and Central schools, she said.

"I hope Prime Minister Modi will accept the demand of an OBC ministry on the lines of the minority affairs ministry," Anupriya Patel reiterated her demand, while addressing a gathering on the death anniversary of former prime minister V P Singh.

She appealed to people to ensure Apna Dal (S) victory in the assembly elections and said "backwards will play a vital role in this election" and the key to forming government is with them. (PTI)

18:29 (IST)27 Nov 2021
BJP trying to instil fear in people; its supporters mowed down farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday lashed out at the ruling BJP, accusing it of trying to instil fear among people while alleging that its supporters mowed down farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri last month.

Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3. The farmers were mowed by vehicles allegedly carrying BJP workers.

Police have arrested Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish in the death case of farmers.

Addressing a public meeting in Sandila here, Yadav said, "Farmers had come out to demand the withdrawal of three farm laws and BJP's MoS for Home and his supporters crushed them under the tyres of a Jeep."

"The British had fired from the front at the Jallianwala Bagh and the BJP people mowed down farmers from behind," Yadav said.   "They think they can do politics by making people afraid. The British ruled by dividing and they think they can rule by making people afraid. This time, no one will get afraid and we will wipe them out," he said referring to the upcoming Assembly polls.” (PTI)

18:28 (IST)27 Nov 2021
AAP slams Yogi govt over Dalit family killing, to stage protests across UP on Sunday

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the recent killing of four members of a Dalit family in Allahabad, and demanded a speedy trial into the case and capital punishment to the culprits.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, AAP MP Sanjay Singh announced that his party will hold protests across all districts of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday demanding justice for the victims.

He alleged that the horrific incident, in which a minor girl of the family was allegedly gangraped and killed, was the outcome of the Yogi Adityanath administration's "negligence and a police-criminals nexus in the state".

Four members of a Dalit family were brutally killed in Gohri village under Phaphamau police station area of Allahabad district Wednesday night. (PTI)

17:33 (IST)27 Nov 2021
People who insulted Sardar Patel are the ones who caused riots before 2017: Yogi Adityanath

“You must've heard a voice that insulted India and its patriots by comparing Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with 'rashtra todak' (nation breaker) Jinnah. These are same people who caused riots when they were in power before 2017,” says CM Yogi Adityanath in Jaunpur

17:27 (IST)27 Nov 2021
SP, Congress instigated riots, played caste politics under their rule: Yogi Adityanath

Launching a scathing attack on the opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday exhorted people to not fall for their promises as they keep changing their statements. He claimed that there had been no riot, farmer suicides, or deaths due to starvation after BJP came to power in the state.

The CM said this while laying the foundation stone of an ethanol plant, to be set up on 65.61 acres of land at Balrampur Sugar Mills Complex, Maijapur, at a cost of Rs 450 crore. He said similar works for the state's development could have been done earlier also, but the previous governments engaged in nepotism instead and misled people.

"Who had stopped Congress? Who had stopped ‘Babua' and ‘Bua' (Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati)? They had got full opportunity to work, but during their tenures work was done not for development but for ‘bhai-bhatijawaad' (family and relatives), caste and region.” he said.

“There was dishonesty, corruption, and riots. Do not fall for their misleading talk. They change their statements with such frequency, it can put even a chameleon to shame,” Yogi said. (PTI)

13:13 (IST)27 Nov 2021
BSP chief Mayawati condemns murder of Dalit family in UP's Prayagraj

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Saturday termed the recent murder of four members of a Dalit family in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj as shameful and blamed the poor law and order situation under the BJP government for the incident. In a series of tweets in Hindi, the BSP chief said, "Very sad and shameful murder of four people of a Dalit family in Prayagraj, UP recently. This incident also shows the poor law and order of the government. It seems that the BJP is also following in the footsteps of the SP government in this matter."

In a related tweet, she said, "After this incident, a BSP delegation led by Babulal Bhanwra that had reached there said 'dabangs' (strongmen) in Prayagraj are terrorising the people due to which the murder happened." (PTI)

12:30 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Aiming 1 crore new members, Congress launches enrolment drive in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress on Wednesday announced a 15-day membership drive from Constitution Day (November 26) with the aim of adding one crore new members to the party. The slogan of the campaign, which will continue till December 10, is “Ek Pariwar, Naye Sadasya Chaar [One family, four new members]”. Read More

12:17 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Another BSP MLA quits, Maya links it to case by woman

In another jolt to the BSP, its legislature party leader Shah Alam, alias Guddu Jamali, on Thursday resigned from the party and the state Assembly. The two-term MLA from Mubarakpur in Azamgarh said he did not intend to join any other party at the moment. “I am mentally disturbed and I have no intention of going to any party right now. I will rest for a few days,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. After his resignation, Mayawati in a statement claimed that Alam had threatened to quit if she did not help him in a police case registered by a woman. Read More

11:22 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Foundation of Jewar airport laid only to sell it later, says Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday alleged that the Jewar airport in Noida was being built so that the government could sell it later. He made the comments at a rally here on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the international airport.

“They are laying the foundation of the new airport so they can sell it once it is built. If a country sells its public assets, then what will happen to the rights of people? What will the coming generations do? How will they get jobs? Who will give them reservation?” Akhilesh asked at the rally held at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar Park. The SP’s ally Janwadi Party (Socialist), which is headed by Sanjay Singh Chauhan, organised the public meeting. Read More

10:28 (IST)27 Nov 2021
AAP, SP discuss seat-sharing for UP polls

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said it has started talks with the Samajwadi Party ahead of the 2022 Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, indicating that the two may be looking at a possible alliance in the state. AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh made the announcement after meeting SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. The Samajwadi Party appeared to hint at the same. “A meeting for change,” Yadav wrote on Twitter, posting an image featuring him, Sanjay Singh and senior AAP leader Dilip Pandey, who also attended Wednesday’s meeting. Read More

09:49 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Rajnath Singh bats for UP CM, says BJP is sensitive to farmers

Using a cricket analogy, senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday indicated that his party wants Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to continue and ensure a party victory in the coming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Referring to a recent photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Adityanath, Singh said the PM appears to be whispering in the CM’s ear, “just keep batting Yogi ji and the BJP’s win is assured”. Singh was speaking at a meeting of BJP booth-level leaders in Sitapur. Read More

09:23 (IST)27 Nov 2021
MLAs Aditi Singh & Vandana Singh join BJP: ‘Will counter Priyanka, Akhilesh’

Rebel Congress MLA from Rae Bareli, Aditi Singh, who had disassociated from the party some time ago, on Wednesday formally joined the BJP along with rebel BSP MLA from Sigri in Azamgarh, Vandana Singh.

Welcoming them in the party, UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh said the “two strong woman leaders” would counter Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav in Azamgarh, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli. “Both have made a place for themselves and work for the deprived. They will strengthen the BJP to attain an absolute majority in the 2022 Assembly polls in the state,” said the UP BJP chief. Read More

09:11 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Priyanka Gandhi to lead a rally in Mahoba

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi will address a rally in Mahoba today, a day after she met the members of a Dalit family whose four members were murdered. She had alleged that there is “no justice for Dalits, farmers, women and minorities under the present government.”

Mahoba itself remains the hotbed of political future in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the assembly polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had both addressed people from Mahoba earlier this month, galvanising the BJP supporters and workers and getting the saffron party's morale up and running for the elections. 

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra while campaigning in Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: PTI)

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav with his son Akhilesh Yadav at the SP party office in Lucknow. (Photo: PTI)

UP polls: To expand electoral footprint, parties look beyond core base

With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections months away, all political parties in the state are trying to woo castes beyond their core vote base in order to set social equations in their favour.

The SP, looking to come back to power, is reaching out to non-Yadav OBCs. In its recently announced state executive committee, the party included only four Yadav while at least 26 leaders were from non-Yadav backward castes, over a dozen were from upper castes, 11 were Muslim and eight were Dalits. The SP has also launched at least seven yatras over the past two months, assigning its leaders and coalition partners — mostly from non-Yadav backward castes — to reach out to masses. Former minister Ram Kishore Bind is holding social conventions with leaders of the Bind, Nishad, Kevat and Mallah communities.

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