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Uttar Pradesh News, UP Election 2022: BJP will win more than 325 seats if we strengthen party at booth-level, says Yogi

🔴 2022 UP Election, Uttar Pradesh Today Highlights: Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate Kashi Vishwanath corridor tomorrow.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: December 13, 2021 9:08:59 am
UP News LIVE, UP Election 2022 Today Updates,UP Election 2022: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses party workers at Etah on Sunday. (Photo: ANI)

Uttar Pradesh News, UP Election 2022 Highlights: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the BJP will win more than 325 seats if the saffron party strengthens itself at the booth level. “The medical college in Etah was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi a few days back. Under the leadership of our PM, we successfully fought with coronavirus. I want to know where were the Congress party, BSP and SP were when the state was suffering during Covid,” the CM said while addressing party workers at Etah.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi took potshots at the Samajwadi Party while inaugurating the Saryu Nahar National Project, Akhilesh Yadav hit back swiftly, questioning the ruling BJP’s use of non-political platforms for campaign purposes.

“Has any political party used buses like this in the past? Have any District Collectors written letters asking for buses and people to be arranged like this… these are all political rallies that are happening. Has the BJP managed to hold any actual political rallies till now?” Yadav asked.

Yadav responded to PM Modi via a press conference in Lucknow, at which he jumped on the BJP’s catchphrase for this election — fark saaf hai (the difference is clear) — to hit back. “The BJP is about to complete five years in power… but they have not even had time to look at their ‘sankalp patra’ (manifesto). They are spending more in ads, banners, hoardings… They talk of employment and investment… how many MoUs have translated into something on ground,” he added.

PM Modi inaugurated the project in Balrampur on Saturday. Speaking about the recent chopper crash which killed CDS General Bipin Rawat and 12 others, Modi said, “India is in mourning but despite being in pain, neither do we stop our pace nor our development. India won’t stop. India won’t be at a standstill. Together, we Indians will work hard and face every challenge inside & outside the country.”

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Uttar Pradesh Elections Live Updates: PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi Vishwanath corridor in Varanasi tomorrow. Follow this space for latest updates:

19:52 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Yogi Adityanath visits Kaal Bhairav temple

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Kaal Bhairav temple in Varanasi on Sunday.

19:14 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Two sitting MLAs join Samajwadi Party ahead of 2022 UP Assembly polls

Ahead of the crucial 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party got a shot in the arm on Sunday when two MLAs joined the party at its headquarters here in presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
     
The legislators are Vinay Shankar Tiwari from Chillupar assembly seat in Gorakhpur, who was expelled from the BSP recently, and Digvijay Narayan alias Jai Chaubey (BJP) from Khalilabad constituency in Sant Kabir Nagar.
     
Former chairman of the UP Legislative Council Ganesh Shankar Pandey, who was fielded by the BSP in 2010 for the post of council chairman, also joined the Samajwadi Party. Apart from these prominent leaders, a large number of Brahmins from different political parties also joined the party.
     
The BSP had on Monday expelled Tiwari, his elder brother and former MP Kushal Tiwari and their relative Pandey from the party. They were expelled for allegedly creating indiscipline in the party and for improper behaviour with senior leaders.
     
Hitting out at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the SP chief said, "In the last four-and-half years (of the BJP rule), work has been done with discrimination. The way in which the British practised 'divide and rule', in the same way, the BJP wants to rule the people by making them feel afraid and killing them. In the upcoming polls, the people will teach a lesson to the BJP." (PTI)

18:51 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Akhilesh claims Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project approved by his govt

A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to inaugurate Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday claimed the project was approved during his term and there was documentary evidence of it. 
       
He alleged that the BJP government has lined up a series of programmes to herald the start of the corridor only to deflect people's attention from PM's failure to double the income of farmers.
     
"All of you know who made the promise of doubling the income of the farmers. Today due to price rise fertilisers are not available, so how will the income of the farmers be doubled? 
     
"Just so that public does not ask this question, they are bringing Kashi Vishvanath Corridor. And if there is any cabinet which passed the Kashi Vishvanath Corridor, it was Samajwadi Party's government's," Akhilesh told reporters here.
           
The corridor has been built as a mega project and is expected to boost tourism in the ancient city -- which is also the PM's Lok Sabha constituency. (PTI)
    

16:17 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Three BJP MLAs join Samajwadi Party

BJP MLA Digvijay Narayan Chaubey, expelled BSP MLA Vinay Shanker Tiwari and former MP Kushal Tiwari joins Samajwadi Party in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow

15:53 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Two sitting MLAs join Samajwadi Party ahead of 2022 UP Assembly polls

Ahead of the crucial 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party got a shot in the arm on Sunday when two sitting MLAs, one from the BJP and one from the BSP, joined the party at its headquarters here in presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
       
The legislators are Vinay Shankar Tiwari (BSP) from Chillupar assembly seat in Gorakhpur and Digvijay Narayan alias Jai Chaubey from Khalilabad constituency in Sant Kabir Nagar.
     
Former chairman of the UP Legislative Council Ganesh Shankar Pandey, who was fielded by the BSP in 2010 for the post of council chairman, also joined the Samajwadi Party. Apart from these prominent leaders, a large number of Brahmins from different political parties also joined the party. (PTI)
    

14:11 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Where were Congress, BSP & SP during Covid, asks Yogi

The medical college in Etah was inaugurated by the Prime Minister a few days back. Under the leadership of our PM, we successfully fought with coronavirus. I want to know where the Congress party, BSP and SP were when the state was suffering from Covid, the CM said.

13:27 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Akhilesh: BJP taking credit for our work

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the BJP government in the state over the Saryu canal project, saying three-fourths of the work was completed during his government. “The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh took five years to complete the remaining work of the Saryu Nahar National Project which was three-fourths completed during the SP government,” the SP chief tweeted in Hindi hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project in Balrampur district. Read More

12:36 (IST)12 Dec 2021
PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi Vishwanath corridor tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath corridor on December 13


(Video source: UP government) pic.twitter.com/JA1QZZKHMa

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 12, 2021

12:09 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Alliance Talks: With OP Rajbhar in Oppn camp, BJP allies eye bigger seat share

With Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) having severed ties with the BJP, the Anupriya Patel-led Apna Dal (Sonelal) is now hoping to get more seats to contest in alliance with the saffron party in the 2022 Assembly elections. The Nishad Party, another BJP ally, that often flexes its muscles also wants to contest a “respectable number of seats”, according to a party functionary.

Among the seats that both the junior allies of the ruling party are eyeing are the eight in which the SBSP fielded candidates in the 2017 Assembly polls. In that election, the Apna Dal(S), which has influence among Kurmi voters, contested 11 seats and won nine while the SBSP, which has influence in the Rajbhar community, bagged four.

11:28 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Akhilesh Yadav's hits out at PM Modi

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi took potshots at the Samajwadi Party while inaugurating the Saryu Nahar National Project, Akhilesh Yadav hit back swiftly, questioning the ruling BJP’s use of non-political platforms for campaign purposes. “Has any political party used buses like this in the past? Have any District Collectors written letters asking for buses and people to be arranged like this… these are all political rallies that are happening. Has the BJP managed to hold any actual political rallies till now?” Yadav asked.

19:17 (IST)11 Dec 2021
PM Modi exhorts farmers to consider natural farming

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday exhorted farmers to adopt natural farming saying it will help not only save water but also produce better crops, and invited them to join a mega programme on it on December 16 as it would prove beneficial to them.

He was addressing a rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur after inaugurating the Saryu Canal National Project, which will meet the irrigation needs of over 14 lakh hectares of land and benefit about 29 lakh farmers.

Modi said a big event on natural farming is being organised on December 16 and requested farmers across the country to connect with it either through TV or Krishi Vijyan Kendras.

Noting that Padma awardee Subhash Palekar of Maharashtra has initiated the idea of zero budget natural farming, Modi said it saves earth and water and the crop produced through it is also better. (PTI)

19:03 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Painful to see that country's money was wasted: PM Modi

Speaking about the unnecessary delay in the Saryu Canal National Project earlier in the day, PM Modi said, "Most painful is the waste and misuse of the country's money, time and resources and its humiliation. This thinking is the biggest hurdle in the balanced development of the country and this thinking has also stalled the Saryu Nahar project."

All the citizens of the country should understand that when the work on this project was started its cost was under Rs 100 crore and now it is about Rs 10,000 crore. "This money was your hard-earned money," he told the gathering.

"Every single rupee of your hard-earned money should have been properly used in time. Those who didn't do this aren't they your 'gunehgar' (sinner)? Will you not punish them? The country has to pay 100 times more the price due to the laxity of previous governments," he said. (PTI)

16:34 (IST)11 Dec 2021
‘For some, priority is to cut ribbons’: PM Modi’s dig at SP over Saryu canal project

In a veiled dig at Samajwadi Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said for some, the priority is to cut ribbons at inauguration, while for “us the priority is completion of projects on time”.

The PM’s remark came in the backdrop of SP president Akhilesh Yadav’s claim that it was during his tenure in Uttar Pradesh, and not under the current BJP government, that the major works of the Saryu canal irrigation project were done. Read more

15:33 (IST)11 Dec 2021
SP believes in development, BJP in changing names: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav says, “Samajwadi Party (SP) gave laptops to the youth while BJP carries out lathi-charges on them. SP gave Lohia Awaas to the poor while BJP drove over farmers and killed them in Lakhimpur Kheri. Samajwadi Party believes in development whereas they believe in changing names.” (ANI)

15:25 (IST)11 Dec 2021
BJP workers risked lives to serve nation during Covid-19 crisis: JP Nadda in Meeut

“I can proudly say that I received the opportunity to become president of such a party. All parties went in quarantine when Covid-19 came. They went into hibernation and isolation. No worker was seen outside, but BJP workers risked their lives to serve the nation,” says BJP chief JP Nadda in Meerut.

15:23 (IST)11 Dec 2021
BJP spends more on advertisements than on projects: Akhilesh Yadav

“BJP showed dreams that farmers' income will be doubled by 2022, but where are the farmers with increased incomes? They spend more on advertisements than on projects. Huge hoardings are put that youngsters are getting jobs, where have they given jobs in UP?” says Akhilesh Yadav.

14:52 (IST)11 Dec 2021
New UP projects will double farmers' income: Yogi Adityanath

“17 out of the 18 UP projects have been completed, with which UP's 9 districts' almost 15 lakh hectare land has now found a great way for irrigation, so as to double the income of farmers,” says UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Balrampur.

14:44 (IST)11 Dec 2021
'17 out of the 18 UP projects have been completed,' says Yogi Adityanath

Speaking at the inauguration, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said: "17 out of the 18 UP projects have been completed, with which UP's 9 districts' almost 15 lakh hectare land has now found a great way for irrigation, so as to double the income of farmers."

14:25 (IST)11 Dec 2021
'Doctors working hard to save the life of Group Captain Varun Singh,' says PM Modi

Doctors are working hard to save the life of Group Captain Varun Singh, the sole survivor of the chopper crash near Coonoor, PM Modi said. "I pray to Maa Pateshwari to save his life. The nations stands with his family. The country also stands with the families who lost those brave soldiers," he added. 

14:23 (IST)11 Dec 2021
'India in mourning, but won't stop,' says PM Modi 

Speaking about the recent chopper crash, which killed CDS General Bipin Rawat and 12 others, PM Modi said: "India is mourning but despite being in pain, neither do we stop our pace nor our development. India won't stop. India won't be at a standstill. Together, we Indians will work hard & face every challenge inside & outside the country."

Agra: UP CM Yogi Adityanath meets family members of Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chouhan, who died in IAF's Mi-17V5 chopper crash in Tamil Nadu, at his residence in Agra, Friday, Dec 10, 2021. (PTI)

HC quashes FIR against ‘Mirzapur’ web series producers

The Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed an FIR registered against the makers of web series Mirzapur for allegedly hurting religious feelings by misrepresenting the district as “an anti-social and criminal place”. On January 29, the court had stayed any coercive action against the show’s producers.

A Bench of Justices Mahesh Chandra Tripathi and Subhash Vidyarthi on Friday passed a judgement saying no offence under IPC sections invoked against the producers was made out.

“…this Court is satisfied that there is no allegation to make out a case that the petitioners have, with a deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, insulted or attempted to insult the regional or the religious beliefs of that class through the web series Mirzapur…” read the order.

Day after Kanpur assault video, ward boy held, SHO suspended

A DAY after a video emerged of a man being assaulted by police at Kanpur Dehat district hospital while he held a child in his arms, the victim’s brother —a ward boy at the hospital — was arrested on Friday. The policeman seen in the video has also been suspended.

On Thursday, hospital staff were protesting the construction of a government medical college on the premises when police received a call from the in-charge of the hospital and subsequently lathi-charged the protesters.

In a video that emerged of the incident, Puneet Shukla is seen holding the three-year-old daughter of his brother, ward boy Rajneesh Shukla, while Akbarpur SHO Vinod Kumar Mishra hits him repeatedly with a lathi. Puneet is heard saying that the child will get hurt, but the officer continues dealing blows to him.

‘Big gift to farmers’: PM to start Saryu canal project tomorrow in Uttar Pardesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Rs 9,802 crore Saryu Canal National project in Balrampur district in eastern Uttar Pardesh on Saturday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made the announcement on Thursday after inspecting the project in Shravasti and Bahraich districts, and said it was a “big gift to the farmers of eastern UP from the prime minister”.

“A grand programme has been organised in Balrampur on December 11 to express gratitude to the prime minister,” the chief minister told reporters.

Adityanath said the project would help around 30 lakh farmers irrigate 14.5 lakh hectares of land in nine districts in the region. The 6,623-km canal system that is linked to the 318-km main canal — it spans nine districts from Bahraich to Gorakhpur, and interconnects rivers such as Ghagra, Saryu, Rapti and Rohini — was extremely important for achieving the goal of doubling the income of farmers, he added.

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