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Uttar Pradesh News Live, UP Election Highlights: PM Modi jabs rivals, says govt’s decision to raise marriage age of women causing pain to some

2022 UP Election Highlights, Uttar Pradesh Today Latest Updates, 21 December: Earlier today, PM Modi transferred Rs 1,000 crore to Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Uttar Pradesh, which is expected to benefit around 16 lakh women.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: December 23, 2021 9:31:16 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Prayagraj on Tuesday (Twitter/BJP)

UP Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: Taking a swipe at his rivals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said women are happy with the government’s decision to raise the marriage age to 21 but this has caused pain to some. “We are trying to increase the age of marriage of women to 21 years so that they can have time to study and progress. The country is taking this decision for its daughters. Everyone is seeing who is having problems with this…it has caused pain to some,” he said.

Addressing a rally in Prayagraj, Prime Minister Modi also said that goons used to rule UP streets and but now Yogi Adityanath has “shown them their rightful place”.

In other news, former BJP MLA Ram Iqbal Singh, a critic of his party’s government in Uttar Pradesh, joined the Samajwadi Party Monday. In a tweet, the SP dubbed the Ballia MP’s joining a sign of its “growing caravan”.

Meanwhile, as campaigning heats up, the BJP has gone out of its way to accommodate one of its allies – NISHAD Party chief Sanjay Nishad. The reason is his usefulness as the BJP mops up caste votes for the elections. The party, with its base among fishermen and boatmen, claims influence over “18 per cent of the state’s voters” (others say it is considerably lower) and as many as 160 Assembly seats.

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Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi in Prayagraj today; former BJP MLA Ram Iqbal Singh joins Samajwadi Party; BJP goes out of way for NISHAD party. Follow latest news and updates below:

23:00 (IST)21 Dec 2021
List of projects announced by PM in poll-bound UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday during an event in Prayagraj transferred Rs 1,000 crore to bank accounts of self-help groups to benefit around 16 lakh women. He also released over Rs 20 crore to more than 1 lakh beneficiaries under the ‘Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Scheme’, a scheme that provides conditional cash transfer to a girl child at different stages of her life. In addition, he laid the foundation stone of 202 supplementary nutrition manufacturing units in 43 districts.


The project is a continuation of similar development and infrastructure announcements made by the BJP and Prime Minister Modi in recent months in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Here we take a look at some of the major announcements made by the PM.

16:35 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Instagram accounts of my children have been hacked too: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday alleged that her children's Instagram accounts have been hacked.

"Leave phone tapping… Instagram account of my children have also been hacked,” Priyanka told reporters when asked about allegations of phone tapping of opposition leaders by the government.

“Does the government have no other work?" she asked.

The Congress leader made the allegation two days after Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of getting his telephones tapped and listening to the recordings of his conversations every evening. (PTI)

15:57 (IST)21 Dec 2021
PM Modi on raising women's marriage age to 21

"We are trying to increase the age of marriage of women to 21 years so that they can have time to study and progress. The country is taking this decision for its daughters. Everyone is seeing who is having problems with this...it has caused pain to some," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a rally in Prayagraj. 

15:27 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Govt decision to raise women's marriage age to 21 is causing pain to some: PM Modi

Taking a jibe at rival parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that his government's decision to raise women's marriage age to 21 is causing pain to some.

15:26 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Goons used to rule UP streets, now CM Yogi has shown them their rightful place: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that goons used to rule UP streets and but now Yogi Adityanath has “shown them their rightful place”. He also said that 25 lakh of 30 lakh homes given under PM Awas Yojana have been registered in name of women in Uttar Pradesh.

14:43 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Govt working relentlessly to empower daughters: PM Modi

PM Modi said his government was working relentlessly, without any discrimination or partiality, to empower the future of daughters. He illustrated this with the example of the Union Cabinet raising the legal age of marriage to 21 last week. "Daughters also want time to pursue their studies, to get equal opportunities. Therefore, efforts are being made to raise the age of marriage to 21 years for daughters," he said.

14:27 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Number of girls increased due to 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao': PM

PM Modi says the number of girls has increased in many states due to his government's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign. He also said his government has focused on immunization of pregnant women, delivery in hospitals and nutrition during pregnancy.

"Under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Rs 5,000 is deposited in the bank accounts of women during pregnancy, so that they can take care of proper diet," PM Modi says.

14:22 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Security given to women is unprecedented, says PM

PM Narendra Modi says, "The women of Uttar Pradesh, mothers-sisters-daughters have decided... they will not let the era of earlier governments come back. The security given by the government of double engine, the respect it has given to the women of Uttar Pradesh, it has increased their dignity. It is unprecedented."

14:17 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Prayagraj a symbol of our mother power: PM Modi

PM Modi, addressing 2 lakh women, says, "Prayagraj has been the land of confluence of Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswati, the symbol of our mother power for thousands of years."

"The whole country is watching the work done for the development of UP, for the empowerment of women. Right now, I got the privilege of transferring crores of rupees to the accounts of more than one lakh beneficiary daughters of Mukhyamantri Kanya Sumangala Yojana. This scheme is becoming a great medium of trust for the poor, girls and villages," he said.

14:16 (IST)21 Dec 2021
PM Narendra Modi transfers Rs 1,000 crore to SHGs, will benefit 16 lakh women

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has transferred Rs 1,000 crore to Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Uttar Pradesh, which is expected to benefit around 16 lakh women. It was part of his vision to empower women, especially at the grassroots level, by providing them with necessary skills, incentives and resources.

PM Modi also transferred Rs 20 crore to more than one lakh beneficiaries, to provide assistance for girls. He also laid the foundation stone of 202 Supplementary Nutrition Manufacturing Units.

13:56 (IST)21 Dec 2021
'Change is taking place', tweets Samajwadi Party
13:50 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Prayagraj event for women empowerment

The Prayagraj programme is being attended by over 2 lakh women.

13:21 (IST)21 Dec 2021
PM Narendra Modi arrives in Prayagraj for a 'one-of-its-kind' event

PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Prayagraj, where he will participate in an event that will be attended by over 2 lakh women. He was received by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

11:57 (IST)21 Dec 2021
75 years of independence: UP gets 500 drones to present freedom struggle stories

11:43 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Priyanka Gandhi on Samajwadi Party's tapping claim: Govt should do its job instead

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said the Uttar Pradesh government should focus on its work rather than listening to people’s phone calls. She was responding to a question on the phone-tapping allegations levelled by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. Akhilesh had said that the phones of people associated with SP, along with his own, were being tapped.

11:42 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Rakesh Tikait rules out contesting Uttar Pradesh elections

I have no intention of contesting the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh nor the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait – one of the prominent faces of the farmers’ year-long agitation – has said. Tikait, a Jat leader from west Uttar Pradesh, made the remark after Samjawadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on December 16 he would welcome if the farm leader fought the state elections from an SP ticket. Read more

11:41 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Under BJP’s shrinking umbrella in UP, smooth sailing for Sanjay Nishad

The BJP is a tough partner when it comes to allies. However, as the Uttar Pradesh elections heats up, the party has gone out of its way to accommodate one of them – NISHAD Party chief Sanjay Nishad. The reason is Nishad’s usefulness as the BJP mops up caste votes for the elections. The NISHAD (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) Party, with its base among fishermen and boatmen, claims influence over “18% of the state’s voters” (others say it is considerably lower) and as many as 160 Assembly seats. Lalmani Verma writes

10:29 (IST)21 Dec 2021
PM Narendra Modi in Prayagraj today for ‘women empowerment event’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return to the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh today for an event in Prayagraj, aimed at empowerment of women through self help groups. The government has claimed the “one-of-its-kind” programme will be attended by about 2 lakh women, where PM Modi will initiate transfer of Rs 1,000 crore to Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) to benefit about 16 lakh women members. Read more here

UP News LIVE, UP Election 2022 Today Updates Around 500 drones light up the sky in Lucknow as part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav)

To highlight achievements of its central and state governments ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the BJP kicked off two-week 'Jan Vishwas Yatras' from six regions in the state on Sunday. Senior party leaders, including BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, flagged off yatras from different locations. The campaign will cover all the 403 Assembly constituencies spread over six regions — Braj, Awadh, western UP, Bundelkhand, Gorakhpur and Kashi — and conclude on January 2.

The Samajwadi Party has been holding similar yatras across the state. The ‘Samajwadi Vijay Rath Yatra’, led by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, recently entered its seventh leg and has been drawing huge crowds.

Public meetings and welcome ceremonies of yatras will be organised in every assembly segment. Union ministers, senior leaders of the central party leadership and state ministers will take part in these activities.

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