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Election 2022 Jan 22 Highlights: Congress releases first list of 53 candidates for Uttarakhand assembly polls

2022 Election News, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab Election Latest Updates, UP Elections 2022 Candidate List News: Samajwadi Party released its candidate list for Uttar Pradesh elections and announced that supremo Akhilesh Yadav will contest his first Assembly election from the Karhal seat in Mainpuri district.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh, Dehradun, Imphal, Lucknow, New Delhi, Panaji |
Updated: January 23, 2022 8:03:42 am
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi welcomes Yashpal Arya (L) and his son Sanjeev (R) to the party. (Twitter/Congress)

2022 Assembly Election Highlights:  The Uttarakhand Congress on Saturday released the name of 53 candidates for the upcoming polls. Yashpal Arya, who recently joined the Congress after quitting the BJP, will contest from the Bajpur constituency

The Manipur Congress on Monday released a list of 40 candidates selected by the party’s central election committee to contest in the two-phased state assembly elections scheduled on February 27 and March 3. According to the list, former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who held the seat for three consecutive terms till 2017, will be in fray from Thoubal constituency.

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday extended the ban on physical election rallies till January 31. In view of the rapidly spreading Covid-19 cases,  the poll regulating body had earlier announced a complete moratorium on physical roadshows and rallies till January 15, which was later extended till January 22.  With the ban in place, political parties had been urged to hold virtual and digital campaigning on various social media platforms.

This comes a day after the filing of nomination papers for phase one of the elections for 58 assembly segments in 11 districts of western UP started. The poll panel has also issued a notification for filing of nominations for Phase 2 of polls in 55 assembly constituencies of nine districts.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party released its candidate list for Uttar Pradesh elections and announced that supremo Akhilesh Yadav will contest his first Assembly election from the Karhal seat in Mainpuri district. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on the other hand, undertook a door-to-door campaign in Shamli, Meerut and Kairana today.

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23:52 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Congress releases list of 53 candidates for Uttarakhand polls; Yashpal Arya to contest from Bajpur

Congress on Saturday released the name of 53 candidates for the upcoming polls in Uttarakhand. Yashpal Arya, who joined the Congress after quitting the BJP, will contest from the Bajpur constituency.

22:37 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Congress candidates from across Goa takes pledge of loyalty towards people

Congress candidates from across Goa visit Mahalaxmi Temple, Bambolim Cross & Hamza Shah Darga and took a pledge of loyalty towards the people of Goa & the party.

22:21 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Dharmendra Pratap Singh joins Samajwadi Party

Dharmendra Pratap Singh, who claims to be India's tallest man with a height of 8 feet, joins Samajwadi Party. He hails from UP's Pratapgarh.

21:52 (IST)22 Jan 2022
BJP launches digital campaign to enlist NRI support in Uttar Pradesh polls

The BJP is roping in north Indians settled across the world to campaign for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. As part of the initiative, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Saturday launched a campaign titled, Aabki Bari Uttar Pradesh Mein Ram Rajya Ki Tayyari, at the state headquarters here.

Senior BJP vice president Madhav Bhandari and general secretary Shrikant Bharatiya were present during the launch event.

Campaign coordinator Santosh Gupta said, “There are thousands of Indians living abroad who want to contribute in the UP Assembly polls. So, those who cannot personally visit India can use the digital app to convey their message and support for BJP.” Read more

21:41 (IST)22 Jan 2022
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. Read more

20:04 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Manipur Congress releases list of 40 candidates, Okram Ibobi Singh to contest from Thoubal

The Manipur Congress on Monday released a list of 40 candidates selected by the party’s central election committee to contest in the two-phased state assembly elections scheduled on February 27 and March 3. According to the list, former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who held the seat for three consecutive terms till 2017, will be in fray from Thoubal constituency.

18:30 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Election Commission extends ban on physical rallies and roadshows till January 31

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday extended the ban on physical election rallies till January 31. In view of the rapidly spreading Covid-19 cases,  the poll regulating body had earlier announced a complete moratorium on physical roadshows and rallies till January 15, which was later extended till January 22.  With the ban in place, political parties had been urged to hold virtual and digital campaigning on various social media platforms.

17:56 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Raghav Chadha slams Mohd Mustafa’s communal remarks

AAP Punjab co-incharge Raghav Chadha slams Navjot Sidhu’s Chief Strategic Advisor, former IPS Officer Mohd Mustafa’s communal remarks at a public meeting. Mustafa’s wife Razia Sultana is a minister in CM Channi’s cabinet.

17:16 (IST)22 Jan 2022
UP Assembly election: Named in Congress’ first list for upcoming polls, former Bareilly Mayor joins SP

Former Bareilly Mayor and senior Congress leader Supriya Aron Saturday joined Samajwadi Party (SP) in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who also announced that she will contest the upcoming elections from the Bareilly Cantt seat.

Akhilesh welcomed Supriya, her husband and former Congress MP from Bareilly Pravin Singh Aron, and Rita Singh, the wife of late Raja Mahavir Singh, an MLA from the Sandila seat in Hardoi. Read more

16:18 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Moradabad SP candidate Nasir Qureshi during a procession

Nasir Qureshi, SP candidate from Moradabad constituency for UP Assembly elections, flashes victory sign during a procession with supporters, in Moradabad, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (PTI Photo)

15:51 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Amit Shah in Kairana for door-to-door campaign

Amit Shah arrives in Kairana for door-to-door campaigning ahead of first phase polling. 

14:06 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Denied ticket by BJP, ex-Goa CM quits party

Former Goa chief minister and senior BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar, who was denied ticket by the party for the next month’s state Assembly elections, on Saturday said he will resign from the ruling party. Talking to PTI, the 65-year-old leader said he does not wish to remain in the party and will formally submit his resignation by this evening. Parsekar currently heads the BJP’s manifesto committee for the upcoming Goa elections and is also a member of the party’s core committee. (PTI)

13:35 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Akhilesh Yadav to fight UP polls from Karhal

Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav will contest his first Assembly election from the Karhal seat in Mainpuri district.

13:07 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Mayawati announces names of candidates for 2nd phase of UP polls

BSP supremo Mayawati releases names of candidates for 51 of the 55 seats going to the polls during the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. “This time, we've given the slogan ‘Har Polling Booth Ko Jeetana hai, BSP Ko Satta Mein Lana Hai’. I hope our party workers will work hard and help BSP form the next government,” she added.

12:52 (IST)22 Jan 2022
BJP questions Channi, AAP CM pick

The BJP, which has entered into the Punjab election fray with fresh allies and strategies, Friday accused Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi of “corruption” and questioned the Aam Aadmi Party for making Bhagwant Mann, who allegedly has a drinking problem, the chief ministerial face in a border state. “While the BJP ruled states that go to poll along with Punjab have double engine governments and focused on development, Congress was immersed in corruption in the state. Chief Minister Channi is corrupt and the facts that came out indicate that he has links with the mafia,” BJP general Secretary Dushyant Gautam said at a press conference in the party national headquarters. Read More

12:38 (IST)22 Jan 2022
From DU teacher to farm stir activist, Anuroop now ready for poll debut as SSM candidate

Twentynine-year-old Anuroop Kaur Sandhu, who is an assistant professor in Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College affiliated to Delhi University, could be seen these days canvassing in Muktsar villages for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls. Sandhu has been fielded by the Samyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) as its candidate for the 20 February polls from the Muktsar constituency. The SSM, headed by Balbir Singh Rajewal, is a political front launched by 22 farmer unions on 25 December for fighting the elections to the 117-member Punjab Assembly for which it has announced 47 candidates so far. Its constituent farmer bodies were part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) that spearheaded the year-long farmers’ agitation against the three central farm laws on Delhi’s borders successfully. Read More

12:05 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Amid EC curbs, Goa parties ramp up poll campaign on social media

With the Election Commission (EC) extending the ban on physical rallies and roadshows for the upcoming Assembly elections in five states to January 22 amid the raging Covid third wave, political parties in poll-bound Goa have ramped up their social media campaign in their bids to woo voters and take on their opponents. From Facebook Live to Instagram Reels to WhatsApp groups, the contestants in the Goa electoral battlefield are using various social media platforms aggressively to direct their messaging to voters ahead of the 14 February polls. Read More

11:34 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Property damage in anti-CAA protests: Officials play judge & jury, due process derailed

As the election campaign heats up in Uttar Pradesh, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act which set off protests in December 2019 — 22 were killed in clashes with police across the state — is on the backburner. Its rules haven’t been framed yet and the law finds hardly a mention in any election speech. However, one aspect of it continues to simmer: the manner in which the UP government, by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s own admission, has gone about exacting “revenge” ostensibly in its bid to recover the cost of public property damaged in the protests. The Indian Express has investigated all the 46 recovery orders to find patterns that are telling. Read our report

11:12 (IST)22 Jan 2022
'Congress's door open for all parties except BJP': Priyanka Gandhi on post-poll alliance

Talking about possibilities of post-poll alliances, Congress national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is also the face of the party in the UP elections, said: “The door is of course closed for the BJP, but open for other parties. However, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP are practicing a similar style of politics because they're benefitting from it...The parties which rise on the basis of communalism and casteism have only one agenda.” (ANI)

10:57 (IST)22 Jan 2022
'Fight in Panaji between dishonesty and character': Sanjay Raut on Utpal Parrikar's move

As Utpal Parrikar, the son of former Goa Chief Minister Late Manohar Parrikar, quits the BJP and decides to contest the upcoming Assembly polls as an independent candidate from Panaji, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says: “Now the fight in Panaji will be between dishonesty and character as Utpal Parrikar has announced that he will contest as an independent candidate.”

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi and BJP Uttarakhand leader Arun Singh announce first list of candidates for upcoming polls at party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Uttarakhand Assembly elections: BJP announces candidates for 59 seats

The BJP on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the Uttarakhand Assembly election, which is scheduled to take place on February 14. The ruling party announced its candidates for 59 out of the total 70 Assembly seats in the state. Of the 59, only five are women.

In 10 of the announced seats, the BJP has fielded a different candidate to the one fielded during the last Assembly election.

UP polls: Chandra Shekhar Aazad takes the battle to Gorakhpur, to contest against CM Yogi Adityanath

Prominent Dalit leader and Aazad Samaj Party (Kanshiram) chief Chandrashekhar Azad will contest the UP Assembly election from the Gorakhpur Sadar constituency, the stronghold of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Azad’s decision came days after he said talks with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party for a pre-poll alliance had failed.

“Taking forward the ideology of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and Kanshiram sahib… ASP (K) announces Chandrashekhar Azad as candidate from Gorakhpur Sadar ,” ASP (K) election in-charge for Gorakhpur, Mohd Aqib said.

AAP picks seat for its CM face in Dhuri, Bhagwant Mann confident of victory

Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministerial face in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann, will fight the Assembly poll from Sangrur district’s Dhuri constituency. Making this announcement in Chandigarh, AAP state co-incharge and Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha said that Mann had won majority of votes in Dhuri Assembly segment, which falls under Sangrur Parliamentary seat, during 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Forty-eight-year-old Mann, a comedian-turned-politician, is a two-time Lok Sabha MP from the Sangrur.

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