2022 Assembly Election Highlights: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying by the “80 versus 20” assertion, he meant only 20 per cent of the population will back the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh elections, while the remaining 80 per cent will support his party.
“Baba mukhya mantri (Adityanath) should engage a math teacher,” the SP president was quoted as saying by PTI, referring to the chief minister’s “80 vs 20” remarks. Yadav also dismissed BJP’s claim of winning three-fourth seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, saying, “they meant they will win three or four seats.”
Earlier today, the party welcomed into the party Swami Prasad Maurya, Dharam Singh Saini and five other MLAs who had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier this week. Taking a dig at the flurry of resignations from the BJP, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “wickets gir rahe the (wickets were dropping).”
In Punjab, snapping his five-decade-long ties with the Congress, former minister and a noted Schedule Caste (SC) leader of the party in Phagwara, Joginder Singh Mann, on Friday resigned from the Congress and as Chairman of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (Cabinet rank). In other news, the Election Commission issued the notification for the first phase of the UP polls today. The last date of filing nominations for the first phase is January 21 (Friday).