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UP 2022 Election Campaign highlights: SP and BJP rallies differ by people coming on their own and those brought, says Akhilesh

2022 UP Assembly Election Campaign highlights: Akhilesh Yadav made the claim after completing his party's ‘Vijay Rath Yatra' from Ghazipur to Lucknow as part of its poll campaign.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: November 23, 2021 9:11:41 am
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav during a 'Vijay Rath Yatra' on the Purvanchal Expressway. (Twitter/samajwadiparty)

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday claimed the surging crowd in his rallies and thin attendance in BJP’s show the difference between people “coming on their own” and “brought” for meetings.

Yadav made the claim after completing his party’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ from Ghazipur to Lucknow as part of its poll campaign.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Priyanka Gandhi interacted with women party workers in Chitrakoot. “There is too much cruelty and violence in politics these days. A minister’s son crushed farmers in Lakhimpur. The government helped the tyrant. To end violence, it is necessary for women to come into politics,” she told a gathering.

Priyanka also sought women’s support for her party and asked them why they should help a government that is doing nothing for them. Gandhi urged women to come together and seek their rights in politics, pointing out that they comprise half the population.

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Uttar Pradesh 2022 elections: The poll-bound state has been witnessing power-packed days of campaigning with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, all addressing rallies across the state

19:13 (IST)18 Nov 2021
SP and BJP rallies differ by people coming on their own and those brought, says Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday claimed the surging crowd in his rallies and thin attendance in BJP's show the difference between people “coming on their own” and “brought” for meetings.

Yadav made the claim after completing his party's ‘Vijay Rath Yatra' from Ghazipur to Lucknow as part of its poll campaign.

According to PTI, starting at 12.30 pm on Wednesday, Yadav's poll campaign tour vehicle reached Lucknow at about 4.30 am on Thursday, covering a distance of about 350 km from Ghazipur to Lucknow, with an enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathering on the Purvanchal Expressway to welcome him.

14:32 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Delhi confidential: Campaign Song

As the BJP finalises its campaign tools for the Uttar Pradesh elections, one aspect the party is working on is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s image. The campaign theme, decided as of now, would be to project Adityanath as a fighter – against corruption and criminals. The campaign song would be inspired by the popular “Dham Dham Dhadam Dhadaiya Re, Sabse Bade Ladaiya Re”, from Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara. Party leaders said with the song they hope to send the right message to the people about Adityanath’s achievements in the past five years. Read More

13:05 (IST)18 Nov 2021
TMC, BJP trade barbs over campaign expenditure in run-up to Assembly polls

A fresh tussle has erupted between the TMC and the BJP over campaign expenditure in the Assembly polls earlir this year , with both parties claiming that the other spent more than what they conveyed to the election commission. It was the TMC who trumped the BJP in terms of the election campaign expenses, by a margin of Rs 3 crore. According to the estimates submitted by both the parties to the Election Commission, the BJP spent over Rs 151 crore in the Bengal Assembly polls. The cost incurred by the TMC in the assembly polls was more than Rs 154 crore. Read More

11:32 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Congress to go solo in UP polls, contest all 403 seats: Priyanka

The Congress will contest all 403 seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh polls on its own and emerge victorious in the electoral battle, party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Sunday.

Ruling out an alliance with any political party, she said the leaders of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (SP) were nowhere to be seen even when the 2017 Unnao rape case and the Hathras gangrape-and-murder case in 2020 rocked the country, adding that only the Congress was fighting for the people. Addressing the party cadre at the Pratigya Sammelan – Lakshya 2022 in Anoopshahr, the Congress general secretary stressed on the importance of the Uttar Pradesh polls for the party, calling it a “do-or-die” situation. (PTI)

11:10 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Former PM’s grandson, three other SP MLCs join BJP in UP

Months ahead of the Assembly elections, four MLCs of the Opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday joined the ruling BJP in Lucknow in presence of its state unit president Swatantra Dev Singh and deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. “The four sitting SP MLCs (Members of Legislative Council) who have joined the BJP are Ravi Shankar Singh alias Pappu Bhaiyya from Ballia, Narendra Singh Bhati from Noida, CP Chand from Gorakhpur, and Rama Niranjan from Jhansi,” BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla said. Read More

09:31 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Sensing a wave of change, it will wipe out BJP: Akhilesh Yadav

As Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday began the fourth leg of his Samajwadi Vijay Yatra on the Purvanchal Expressway, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he claimed he was sensing a “wave of change” in Uttar Pradesh that will “wipe out” the BJP in the Assembly elections due in a few months. “It was the Samajwadi Party’s dream of building the Purvanchal Expressway to reduce the travelling time between Lucknow and Delhi. It was to be an expressway of prosperity… We have to take this expressway to Ballia and connect it with Bihar. When SP forms the next government, it will provide better roads, mandis, and employment opportunities for the youth,” Akhilesh said as he addressed people on Wednesday along with SBSP chief Rajbhar. Read More

09:05 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Jai Ram Thakur: ‘There was a kind of overconfidence in us (during bypolls)… will introspect’

Following the BJP’s defeat in the recent Himachal Pradesh by-elections, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur faced criticism. In an interview with Liz Matthew, Thakur admitted that the party — which he felt could have been overconfident — and the government would need to introspect and work hard ahead of the 2022 Assembly election. Read the interview here

08:28 (IST)18 Nov 2021
You are half the population, seek your political rights, Priyanka tells women

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday sought women’s support for her party in the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, and asked them why they should help a government that is doing nothing for them. Gandhi urged women to come together and seek their rights in politics, pointing out that they comprise half the population. (Read Maulshree Seth's report)

20:49 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Priyanka Gandhi offers prayer at Kamadgiri Temple 

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra undertook 'parikrima' around Kamadgiri Temple and offered prayers in Chitrakoot on Wednesday.

17:50 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Visuals from Priyanka Gandhis event in Chitrakoot

Visuals from Priyanka Gandhis event in Chitrakoot

(Source: INC)
17:47 (IST)17 Nov 2021
See wave of change in UP that will wipe out BJP in upcoming polls: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said he sensed a “wave of change” in Uttar Pradesh that will “wipe out” the BJP in the 2022 Assembly polls as he held a ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ on the Purvanchal Expressway inaugurated a day ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

He also claimed the 341-km-long Purvanchal Expressway was initiated by the Samajwadi Party when it was in power in the state.

15:59 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Too much cruelty and violence in politics these days: Priyanka Gandhi

Addressing women party workers in Chitrakoot, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said there is a lot of cruelty and violence in politics these days. "The minister's son crushed the farmers in Lakhimpur. The government helped the tyrant. To end violence, it is necessary for women to come into politics," she said. 

15:28 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Chitrakoot: Priyanka holds 'I'm a woman, I can fight' dialouge on a boat

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is holding 'Ladki hun, Lad Sakti hun' dialogue on a boat, in Chitrakoot. Congress has announced that 40 per cent of party tickets will be reserved for women in the upcoming elections.

15:25 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Rajnath says women’s role in Armed Forces up since PM Modi came to power

 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the role of women in the Armed Forces has seen an improvement ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.

“Unfortunately after independence, women didn’t receive the opportunity to play a very active role in defending the nation. But now the situation is changing rapidly. Their contribution to our forces is increasing ever since PM Modi came to power,” Singh said at an event in Jhansi, where CM Yogi Adityanath is also present.

15:14 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Akhilesh Yadav on Purvanchal Expressway

"With this Expressway (Purvanchal Expressway), poor areas of Purvanchal will be connected to the mainstream. Dream of Samajwadis didn't complete in the manner as it should have during BJP Govt. It's an expressway of happiness that connects cities, villages," SP chief Akhilesh Yadav remarked on the recently inaugurated expressway.

"Mandis were supposed to come up near this but they didn't. After SP comes to power, work will be done to set up mandis for farmers," Yadav added.

15:12 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Visuals from Akhilesh Yadav's 'Vijay Yatra' in UP

Visuals from Akhilesh Yadav's 'Vijay Yatra' in UP

15:02 (IST)17 Nov 2021
LIVE: Yogi Adityanath in Jhansi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is in Jhansi for an event. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also present. Watch live:

14:53 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Priyanka Gandhi interacts women party workers in Chitrakoot

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi is currently interacting with women party workers in Chitrakoot. 

14:27 (IST)17 Nov 2021
PM Modi to visit UP to launch multiple development projects worth over Rs 6250 crore on November 19

PM Narendra Modi is set to visit UP and launch multiple development projects worth over Rs 6250 crore on 19th November. "The prime minister will inaugurate projects in Mahoba to help alleviate the problem of water shortage and bring much-needed relief to farmers," a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) read. 

13:37 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Samajwadi Party’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ from Ghazipur to Lucknow

The Samajwadi Party’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ from Ghazipur to Lucknow is currently underway. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Governor Anandiben Patel, CM Yogi Adityanath and Sultanpur MP Maneka Gandhi at the inauguration of Purvanchal Expressway. (AP)

Previous govts ignored east UP, reduced it to mafiawaad, poverty: PM

Inaugurating the 341-km-long Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Opposition, accusing the previous governments of neglecting the eastern region of the state for their “dynastic politics”, and said that they reduced the region to “mafiawaad” and poverty.

Addressing a public meeting at Karwal Kheri after the launch of the expressway, where he himself landed in a military transport aircraft on a 3.2-km stretch developed as an emergency air strip for the Indian Air Force (IAF), Modi said, “Unfortunately parivarwadis (dynasties) dominated both in Delhi and Lucknow for a long period, and the partnership of those parivarwadis kept crushing the aspirations of the people of Uttar Pradesh over the years… For previous chief ministers, development in UP was limited to where they had their homes and families,” he said without naming any political parties.

But the current government is ensuring that development reaches the eastern as well as the western parts of the state, he added.

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