2022 Assembly Elections Highlights January 18: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will campaign for Samajwadi Party in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll and her party – the Trinamool Congress will not contest the election in that state, SP vice-president Kiranmay Nanda said on Tuesday. According to news agency PTI, Nanda, who returned from poll bound Uttar Pradesh on Monday, held an hour-long meeting with Banerjee at her residence on the issue. At the same time, Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad said that his party will fight the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on its own and would not enter into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
Meanwhile, Congress on Tuesday released the third list of candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls in Goa. Michael Lobo, former state minister who recently quit BJP to join the party, will contest from Calangute.
AAP’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal announced Bhagwant Mann as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Punjab Assembly polls to be held next month. Kejriwal said that the AAP received more than 21 lakh responses from people during its campaign to elect its CM face. He added 93 per cent of the respondents, apart from those naming him, chose Mann. At the same time, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday said that the ED raids on premises linked to his nephew were a way to pressurise him and the Congress before the polls. He added such tactics were also used to target Mamata Banerjee’s relatives during the West Bengal elections. The ED has conducted searches at 10 places in the state linked to Channi’s nephew, Bhupinder Singh, and others in connection with an illegal sand mining case.