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Election 2022 Highlights: SP names 159 candidates; Akhilesh to contest from Karhal, Nahid Hasan from Kairana

2022 Election Highlights, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab Election Latest Updates, UP Elections 2022 Candidate List News: Abdullah Azam Khan will contest from Suar, Azam Khan from Rampur and Shivpal Singh Yadav from Jaswantnagar

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 25, 2022 8:07:42 am
SP president Akhilesh YadavSP president Akhilesh Yadav (file)

2022 Assembly Election Highlights: Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday released a list of 159 candidates for Assembly polls. Akhilesh Yadav will contest from Karhal, Nahid Hasan from Kairana, Abdullah Azam Khan from Suar, Azam Khan from Rampur and Shivpal Singh Yadav from Jaswantnagar. SP and RLD had released a list of 29 candidates earlier.

Assembly Elections 2022 |Follow latest updates, January 25

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party Monday announced the seat-sharing formula with its allies—Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress 37 and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt)—for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. “The BJP will contest the election on 65 seats, Punjab Lok Congress 37 seats and SAD-Sanyukt on 15 seats,” BJP president JP Nadda said during a press conference.

In other news, Congress on Monday released the second list of candidates for the Uttarakhand polls, fielding Harish Rawat from Ramnagar. Uttarakhand Congress on Monday also launched a poll campaign, “Char Dham, Char Kam”, making four promises to people of the state if it comes to power in next month’s Assembly polls. The promises included Rs 40,000 per annum to five lakh families in the state and not letting the LPG cylinder price cross Rs 500.

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Election 2022 Highlights: BJP to contest 65 seats in Punjab, says JP Nadda; Congress releases list of 30 'star campaigners' for first phase of UP polls; Pakistan wanted Sidhu reinstated as Punjab minister, claims ex-CM Amarinder Singh; Follow this space for latest updates:

22:46 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Assembly poll wrap: SP releases list of 159 candidates; BJP announces seat-sharing formula for Punjab; and more

With the countdown for elections having begun in five states, Monday saw a day of frenzied activities that kept the poll pot boiling. In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) released a list of 159 candidates while BJP announced the seat-sharing formula with its allies in Punjab.

Moreover, Congress released its second list of candidates for Uttarakhand, fielding former CM  Harish Rawat from Ramnagar.

Here are the top developments of the day from the five poll-bound states

22:32 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Uttarakhand Cong releases second list of candidates, fields Harish Rawat from Ramnagar

Congress on Monday released the second list of candidates for the Uttarakhand polls, fielding Harish Rawat from Ramnagar. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Congress on Monday launched a poll campaign, "Char Dham, Char Kam", making four promises to people of the state if it comes to power in next month's Assembly polls. The promises included Rs 40,000 per annum to five lakh families in the state and not letting the LPG cylinder price cross Rs 500.

20:59 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Sidhu sheltered Cong MLAs involved in illegal sand mining: Amarinder

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday ridiculed Navjot Singh Sidhu's claims of fighting the sand mining mafia, saying the state Congress president had himself led the rebellion against him with the MLAs who were allegedly involved in the activity.

This clearly exposed “his own interest in sheltering them”. the former CM said according to a statement. 

The former Punjab CM said considering that many Congress MLAs whom Sidhu had led in rebellion against him had “direct or indirect interest or share in the state's sand mafia”, the ex-cricketer' president's credentials in the matter are “patently dubious”.

“This, coupled with the fact that the PPCC president enjoyed, hobnobbing with anti-nationals elements, including his close friends in the Pakistan leadership, which had even lobbied for his induction to the state cabinet, had exposed Sidhu's self-interest and his complete apathy to Punjab's interests,” Amarinder Singh said. (PTI)

20:58 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Amarinder 'spent cartridge': Sidhu

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday dubbed former CM Amarinder Singh a "spent cartridge", responding to his claim that he had got a request from Pakistan to reinstate the ex-cricketer in his government.

Amarinder Singh, who has floated a new party after leaving the Congress and is fighting the Punjab Assembly polls in an alliance with the BJP, said he was told that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will be grateful if he can keep Sidhu in the government.

Amarinder Singh had dropped Sidhu from his Cabinet when he was heading the Congress government in Punjab and was against appointing him as the Punjab unit chief of the party.

Reacting to the former CM's remark, Sidhu dubbed the ex-CM as a "spent cartridge" while refusing to make any further comment at a press conference where he attacked the Aam Aadmi Party, describing as ‘scam’ the survey it conducted to select its CM face.

Congress leader Alka Lamba, who was also present, responding to a volley of questions said they will give their reply on the former CM's charge in the next press meet. (PTI)

20:56 (IST)24 Jan 2022
UP: Samajwadi Party writes to EC seeking transfer of police officers from Sitapur

The Samajwadi Party has written to the Election Commission urging that the Superintendent of Police of Sitapur and SHO of Kotwali Dehat be transferred with immediate effect for alleged bias.

In a statement issued here, the SP's state unit chief Naresh Uttam Patel alleged that the officers were exerting pressure on village pradhan, panchayat members and others to vote for the ruling BJP. This has created fear in the mind of citizens and the election is getting affected, he claimed.

The party in the statement demanded that the officers be transferred with immediate effect so that free, fair and impartial polls can be held. (PTI)

20:56 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Amarinder's Pakistan charge against Sidhu an attempt to divert attention: Cong

After Amarinder Singh claimed on Monday he had got a message from Pakistan to reinstate Navjot Singh Sidhu in his government in Punjab, the Congress said it was shameful on the former chief minister's part to raise such issues and added it was aimed at diverting attention in the run-up to next month's assembly polls.

Asked about Singh's claim, Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said, "He (Amarinder Singh) has been our senior leader and has had a long association with us. But the way he is talking, I feel it is shameful. He has occupied a constitutional post and was chief minister, it is wrong to speak like this...to grab headlines and remain in the news...."

"Today the issues in Punjab are of farmers, of MSP (minimum support price of crops) and of unemployment. By raising such issues, one can only divert attention and that is what he is trying to do," the Congress leader said.

At a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, former chief minister Singh claimed he had got a message from Pakistan to reinstate Navjot Singh Sidhu in his government because he was an old friend of their prime minister. (PTI)

20:55 (IST)24 Jan 2022
NPP releases first list of 20 candidates for Manipur assembly polls, re-nominates 3 MLAs

The National People's Party on Monday announced its first list of 20 candidates for Manipur assembly elections with three sitting MLAs, including Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh, contesting from their seats. 

The party, which is currently in alliance with the BJP, is going it alone in the upcoming polls and has fielded candidates against its ally in all the seats it is contesting.

Y Joykumar Singh will again contest from his Uripok constituency, while NPP's Manipur unit president L Jayantakumar Singh and N Kayisii will seek re-election from  Keishamthong and Tadubi assembly segments respectively.

State Sports Minister Letpao Haokip, who had won from Chandel seat on an NPP ticket five years ago, joined the BJP in 2021.

"Three sitting MLAs are among the 20 candidates. Their names were recommended by an election management committee in Manipur and approved by Meghalaya Chief Minister and party chief Conrad K Sangma," an NPP leader said in Shillong.

He also said, "The second list of party candidates for the Manipur polls is likely to be released soon as we are planning to contest in around 40 seats this time." (PTI)

20:22 (IST)24 Jan 2022
SP fields Congress turnout Supriya Aron from Bareilly Cantonment

The SP has fielded Congress turncoat Supriya Aron from the Bareilly Cantonment seat. Aron had on Saturday joined the SP despite her name being announced by the Congress in the party’s first list released on January 13. Along with Aron, her husband and former MP from Bareilly, Pravin Singh Aron, has also joined the SP.

The Akhilesh-led party also fielded former UP BSP chief R S Kushwaha from Lakhimpur Kheri’s Nighasan seat. He had joined the SP last year, after quitting the BSP. Read more

19:08 (IST)24 Jan 2022
UP elections: BJP leaders continue violating poll code, alleges Congress

The Congress on Monday accused ruling BJP leaders of violating the poll code ahead of the UP Assembly elections and asked if the Election Commission is under pressure.

Naseemuddin Siddiqui, chief of the UP Congress media cell, claimed while his party's event in Bahraich was not allowed allegedly due to poll code violation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah's door-to-door campaign in Kairana took place despite the presence of a large number of people. "The administration appears to be under pressure but is the (Election) Commission also under pressure," he asked while talking to reporters here.

Referring to a programme organised by the Congress in Bahraich on Sunday to pay respects to freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose, Siddiqui said, "We had a programme in a closed hall and even before it could start, the administration reached there and stopped it, saying permission has not been taken."

"Is paying homage or garlanding the statue of a great leader violation of model code," Siddiqui asked. "There were only 90 people in the programme, which was not even held and I have been told that a complaint has been given by police in this regard," Siddiqui said, questioning how large number number of people are being allowed in programmes organised by the BJP. (PTI)

18:54 (IST)24 Jan 2022
SP releases list of candidates; Akhilesh to contest from Karhal, Nahid Hasan from Kairana

Samajwadi Party (SP) releases a list of 159 candidates for Assembly polls. Akhilesh Yadav will contest from Karhal, Nahid Hasan from Kairana, Abdullah Azam Khan from Suar, Azam Khan from Rampur and Shivpal Singh Yadav from Jaswantnagar.

18:34 (IST)24 Jan 2022
National Voters' Day to be celebrated on Tuesday

The 12th National Voters’ Day will be celebrated on Tuesday (January 25). The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Making Elections inclusive, accessible and participative’. An ECI publication, ‘Leap of faith: journey of Indian elections’, will be released on the occasion.

EC’s national voter awareness contest called ‘My Vote is my Future- Power of One Vote’ will be launched. National awards for the best electoral practices for the year 2021-22 will be conferred on state- and district-level officers. During the event, newly enrolled voters would also be felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC). (ANI)

18:30 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Harish Rawat, Bhupesh Baghel break into dance during launch of 'Char Dham Char Kam' campaign

Former Uttarakhand CM and Congress leader Harish Rawat breaks into dance along with Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel during the launch of 'Char Dham Char Kam' campaign in Dehradun

17:41 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Khatima, Srinagar among several seats to see keen contest in Uttarakhand

With both Congress and BJP announcing their candidates for a majority of seats for the February 14 polls in Uttarakhand, the stage is set for an interesting contest in several constituencies, including Khatima where Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami is contesting.

Among the seats where prominent leaders are in the fray are Haridwar, Nainital, Chakrata and Srinagar.

Dhami, who is looking to break the trend of incumbent chief ministers losing in polls in Uttarakhand, takes on the working president of the Congress' state unit, Bhuwan Chandra Kapri, once again in Khatima.

"This time the contest in Khatima is far from being smooth. Incumbent CMs never win in Uttarakhand. Nityanand Swamy lost in 2002, BC Khanduri lost in 2012 and Harish Rawat lost both the seats he contested in 2017," political analyst JS Rawat said. ND Tiwari, the only chief minister of Uttarakhand to complete the five-year term, did not contest in 2007 when he was the sitting chief minister, he said.

The Srinagar seat also has an interesting contest on the cards as state Congress president Ganesh Godiyal has been fielded against arch-rival and Cabinet minister Dhan Singh Rawat from the seat which Congress and BJP have been winning alternately. (PTI)

17:14 (IST)24 Jan 2022
AAP candidate tries self-immolation over rejection of his poll nomination papers

AAP candidate Joginder Singh for Miranpur assembly seat allegedly poured kerosene oil over his clothes to immolate himself before the district collectorate office here on Monday over the rejection of his poll nomination paper by the returning officer, police said.

The police, however, managed to foil his alleged suicide bid by overpowering him and stopping him from lighting the matchstick, they said. After his failed suicide bid, Singh sat on a dharna before the district magistrate's office, alleging that he was not given an opportunity to rectify his mistake in filling his nomination paper.

Official sources said Singh's nomination paper was rejected by Returning Officer Jayender Kumar due to some crucial omissions in filling it.

Singh, an ex-serviceman, had filed his papers as Aam Aadmi Party candidate for the Miranpur (Meerapur) assembly seat in the Muzaffarnagar district. (PTI)

16:59 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Pakistan wanted Sidhu reinstated as Punjab minister, claims ex-CM Amarinder Singh

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday claimed he had got a message from Pakistan to reinstate Navjot Singh Sidhu in his government because he was an old friend of their prime minister.

Singh, who has floated a new party after leaving Congress and is fighting Punjab assembly polls in an alliance with BJP, said he was told that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will be grateful if he can keep Sidhu in the government.

"After I dropped Navjot Sidhu from my government, I got a message from Pakistan that he is an old friend of their prime minister and he would be grateful if you can keep him in the government. If he (Sidhu) doesn't work, then you can remove him," Singh said here during a press conference at BJP headquarters to announce a seat-sharing arrangement.

Singh, who had dropped Sidhu from the Punjab government during his tenure as the state's chief minister, never had smooth relations with the cricketer-turned-politician and was against appointing him as the Punjab unit chief of the Congress. (PTI)

16:58 (IST)24 Jan 2022
UP polls: Tikait cautions farmers against attempts to 'polarise' society

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait has warned farmers from attempts to "polarise" society and divert their attention by vested interests who will rake up "Hindu-Muslim" issues.

Tikait who was speaking to media persons while attending a private function near Iglas on Sunday night also said that farmers are" fully conscious" of the critical importance of their choice in the forthcoming assembly elections and do not need any prompting. "In the next few weeks Hindu-Muslim and Jinnah will be regular topics in the political discourse and you should be wary of such distractions," the BKU leader said.

Making a cryptic remark, he said "Hindu-Muslim and Jinnah are going to be official guests in UP till March 15."

When asked about farmers' voting preferences Tikait said,"When farmers are being forced to sell their produce at half of their cost price they need no one to prompt them as to how they should vote." Farmers are "fully conscious" of the critical importance of their choice in the forthcoming assembly, he added. (PTI)

16:57 (IST)24 Jan 2022
No official word on SP on if I will contest polls: Azam Khan's son

“There is no official statement from Samajwadi Party if I will be contesting in the elections or not. Even if I contest, it does not matter to me if some other Muslim candidate from BJP gets a ticket from that seat,” says Abdullah Azam Khan, son of SP leader Azam Khan. (ANI)

16:55 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Congress releases list of 30 'star campaigners' for first phase of UP polls

Congress releases a list of 30 ‘star campaigners’ for the first phase of UP polls. The list includes party chief Sonia Gandhi, ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh, party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel and Sachin Pilot, among others.

16:52 (IST)24 Jan 2022
UP BJP leader Anil Verma joins SP

BJP leader and the party's former candidate from Jalalabad, Anil Verma joins Samajwadi Party

16:50 (IST)24 Jan 2022
Under PM Modi leadership, NDA will restore glory of Punjab: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweets, “NDA under the leadership of PM @NarendraModi Ji is committed to restoring the glory of Punjab and the welfare of farmers, poor and deprived.”

Lucknow: BSP Supremo Mayawati releases first candidates' list of the party for U P Assembly elections, at the party office in Lucknow, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (PTI)

The Sunday Profile: Mann’s World

On the face of it, Bhagwant Singh Mann, the newly anointed chief minister face of the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, is your quintessential aam aadmi, complete with the turban sitting a little askew on his head, the razor sharp wit directed always at the ruling dispensation, and the bluster. Be it in a village, a dhaba or a Punjab Roadways bus, you are sure to encounter someone like him.

But Mann is no common man. From a celebrated comedian to a parliamentarian and now the CM face of a party that is among the contenders to win Punjab, the 48-year-old has seen one success after the other. Mann was 38 when he joined the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP), an experiment to “cleanse politics” by Manpreet Badal, the estranged cousin of current Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal; and 41 when he won his maiden Lok Sabha election in 2014 with a record margin against Akali stalwart S S Dhindsa from Sangrur, a seat he bagged again in 2019.

Open war in Kapurthala as minister backs son over Cong nominee, party silent

Even by the standards of Punjab’s colourful politics, a TV channel debate on January 20 evening left many red faces. Full of cuss words and wild allegations, it involved not two rival parties but leaders of the Congress on both sides, slugging it out over the same ticket.

Battered and bruised by long in-fighting, the Congress has chosen not to respond to this particular episode. However, the wound is likely to bleed, as its leader who has gone rogue is Cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh, also known as one of Punjab’s richest MLAs and close to rebel Amarinder Singh.

Not caring much for niceties, Rana Gurjit has been campaigning for his son Rana Inder Pratap Singh, who is fighting as an Independent from Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala after the Congress refused to give him the ticket instead of its sitting two-time MLA. Rana Gurjit is himself the Congress candidate from adjoining Kapurthala (a seat he has won three times), and the refusal to his son was part of the party’s policy to not field more than one member of a family (even Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s brother was denied, Congress leaders point out).

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