2022 Assembly Elections Highlights: Ahead of Assembly polls in Uttarakhand, BJP suspended state cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat from the party for six years. The party media coordinator for Uttarakhand, Manveer Singh Chauhan, said Rawat had been suspended for ‘indiscipline’.
In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, an FIR has been lodged against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and others for allegedly violating Covid protocols during a door-to-door campaign for a Congress candidate in Noida. As per party officials, the CM was holding a door-to-door campaign along with Pankhuri Pathak, the Congress candidate from Noida constituency.
According to police, the FIR has been filed against Baghel and others under sections 269 (acts spreading disease), 270 (spread of disease), 188 (disobedience of public order) and relevant sections of the Epidemic Act, in the police station at Noida’s Sector 113.
Moreover, police in Agra booked a Samajwadi Party MLA candidate and at least 40 others on charges of violating Covid-19 protocol, PTI reported quoting officials on Sunday. Madhusudhan Sharma, SP candidate from Bah Assembly constituency, along with his supporters, had performed a ‘puja’ at Bateshwar Temple on Friday after winning the election ticket, they said.
They did not maintain social distance, wear masks and failed to follow other COVID-appropriate behaviour, according to an official.”For violating COVID-19 guidelines and Section 144 of the CrPC imposed in the state, an FIR has been registered against Sharma and about 40-50 party workers,” Station Head Officer (SHO) at Bah police station Manoj Kumar told PTI.
Meanwhile, BKU national president Naresh Tikait extended his support to SP-RLD candidates in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. The alliance of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Samajwadi Party (SP) had on Saturday announced its second list of seven candidates for the assembly elections. All candidates are members of the Jayant Chaudhary-led RLD, according to the list shared by the party on social media. The alliance has fielded Rajpal Baliyan from Budhana and Chandan Chauhan from Meerapur, both in Muzaffarnagar district, and Ashraf Ali from Thana Bhawan in Shamli. “I hope people of the state will support the candidates of this coalition,” Tikait was quoted as saying by PTI.