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Assembly Elections 2022 Highlights: Opposition parties daydreaming about division of votes in western UP, says PM Modi

2022 Election Highlights, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab Election Latest Updates, 8 Feb: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP's 'Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra' states that the party will ensure a minimum of 10 years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1 lakh in Love Jihad cases.  

By: Express Web Desk
Chandigarh, Lucknow, New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2022 8:21:51 am
PM Modi, UP elections, ElectionsPrime Minister Narendra Modi during a virtual rally. (PTI)

2022 Assembly Election Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hitting out at the opposition in Uttar Pradesh said they are daydreaming about the division of votes in western Uttar Pradesh but people of the region will defeat them again like in the past. On a day the BJP released its manifesto for the UP Assembly polls, Modi said the party is known for fulfilling promises made in its manifestoes. Modi was addressing a virtual rally for Assembly constituencies in Rampur, Badaun and Sambhal districts.

With all the rallies and manifestos released, electioneering has ended for the first phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tried to put the spotlight back on alleged “exodus” of Hindus from Kairana before 2017. He held door-to-door campaigning in Mathura. Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav claimed that people have made up their mind to vote out the BJP from power. The SP-RLD alliance has centred their electioneering on farmers’ issues and attacked UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over poll promises. BSP chief Mayawati, who started campaigning late, reminded people of her government’s track record on law and order in the past. The Congress under the leadership of its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has generated interest as seen in road shows and door-to-door campaigning by her.

The Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto for the Assembly polls in Punjab on Tuesday, promising to completely waive off debt of farmers with less than 5 acres land-holdings in the state. In Goa, the party promised to transform the state into a destination for co-working spaces and remote working in the post-pandemic world, if elected. Goa CM Pramod Sawant while releasing the manifesto along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that three free gas cylinders will be provided in a year to empower homeowners in the state.

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Elections 2022 Highlights: BJP's UP manifesto promises minimum 10 years of jail, Rs 1 lakh fine in 'Love Jihad cases'; After Uttarakhand, PM Narendra Modi to also hold virtual rallies in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh; Congress hits out against AAP, TMC in Goa; Follow this space for live updates

22:18 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Punjab polls: Cong made mistake by announcing CM face on caste lines, says Amarinder

Punjab Lok Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the Congress had made a big mistake by declaring Charanjit Singh Channi as its chief ministerial face as a “chief minister should be decided on grounds of capability and not on the metric of caste”.

Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

Stating that Punjab was never before divided on caste or religious lines, he claimed, “Channi does not have the caliber of a chief minister and his tall claims cannot fool the people of the state.” “Channi claims he has done ‘everything' in 111 days. He is fooling the people. Every project has a gestation period and takes months to start,” he noted, warning people against getting carried away by such “brazen lies”.

He added that all the projects mentioned by Channi were initiated by his (Amarinder's) government. (PTI)

22:05 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Minimum 10 yrs in jail, Rs 1 lakh fine: BJP promises to tighten ‘love jihad’ law in UP

If it retains power in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party has promised to increase the punishment in ‘love jihad’ cases to a minimum 10 years with a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The BJP’s promise, which comes barely days ahead of the first phase of polling in the state, will be an upgrade to the existing law on ‘love jihad’, which refers to interfaith marriages, particularly of Muslim men and Hindu women.

At present, those convicted for forcible conversions are sentenced to jail for a term ranging between one to five years, and a minimum fine of Rs 15,000. (Read the full report by Lalmani Verma)

22:04 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Goa: AAP describes BJP's manifesto as scam

Aam Aadmi Party leader Amit Palekar on Tuesday said the BJP's manifesto for the Goa Assembly elections was a "scam". Goans will not fall for the ruling party's promises, said Palekar, the AAP's chief ministerial candidate.

“The 22-point manifesto of the BJP is nothing but a scam,” he told reporters. To fulfill ten promises made ten years ago, the BJP is asking people to vote for it for another five years, Palekar said.

“If they have not succeeded in implementing all these things in the last ten years, how will they succeed now?” he asked. The BJP has promised to create jobs but at the same time there were job scams in the state's Health and PWD departments which the AAP has exposed, Palekar claimed.

The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court has taken note of these scams and ordered vigilance inquiry, he added "The BJP, therefore, is scared and asking people to vote for it in order to scuttle these things (the probe). If the truth comes out, they will go to jail,” he added. (PTI)

21:56 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Armed militant groups campaigning for BJP in Manipur : NPP

The National Peoples Party (NPP) on Tuesday alleged that several militant organisations are openly campaigning for ruling BJP in Manipur and has demanded adequate security cover for its candidates in the coming Assembly poll in that state, party spokesperson said.

The NPP, itself an ally of the ruling BJP for the last five years in Manipur, has also urged the authorities to push back all militants in that state to their camps and seize all arms from them for a free and fair election, the spokesperson said.

A formal complaint was also lodged with the state's election office and the Election Commission on the issue, he said.

The NPP made the demand following reports of armed militants campaigning openly for BJP and Naga Peoples Front in Manipur for the February 27 and March 3 election.(PTI)

21:31 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Cong, SAD, BJP 'colluding' to stop AAP surge in Punjab: Mann

AAP's chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday accused the BJP, SAD and the Congress of colluding together to stop his party from forming government in Punjab.

The APP's state unit president made the allegation, asserting that the people of Punjab have made up their minds to "uproot the monarchy of traditional political outfits".

He asked the electorate to stay wary of "nefarious alliance" the Congress, SAD and BJP, which, he said, are "colluding" to stop AAP's ascendancy.

“In order to prevent the Aam Aadmi Party from forming a government in Punjab and to maintain the rule of traditional political parties, Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP and Congress have colluded,” he alleged. “But the people of Punjab have decided to uproot the monarchy of the traditional political parties and form an AAP government, which has left all the opposition parties anxious and apprehensive," he said, addressing workers in a meeting. (PTI)

21:17 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Digambar Kamat dares BJP to make PAC report on mining `scam' public

Congress leader and former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat on Tuesday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief J P Nadda to release a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report which purportedly pointed out a Rs 35,000 crore mining scam in the state.

The BJP had accused Kamat of being involved in an illegal mining scam to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore when he was chief minister. Then Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar had cited a PAC report which purportedly named Kamat as accused in the scam.

“Today @BJP4India President @JPNadda is coming to Goa. Tomorrow @PMOIndia @narendramodi will be in Goa. @BJP4Goa has an opportunity to Release Public Accounts Committee Report on Mining with 35k crore scam referred in 2011 by then Leader of Opposition @manoharparrikar. #Challenge,” Kamat tweeted on Tuesday.

During the 2012 Goa assembly elections, the BJP had accused Kamat of being involved in a multi-crore scam. The Supreme Court-appointed M B Shah Commission had also indicted him. (PTI)


21:06 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Goa TMC writes to EC demanding strict action against Priyanka Gandhi

Goa All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer demanding strict action alleging "Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and others flouted the Covid-19 norms in their poll campaign in Navelim Assembly constituency on 7 February." news agency ANI reported.

20:35 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Mayawati lambasts Congress govt in Punjab, calls it 'anti-Dalit'

BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday lashed out at the successive Congress governments at the Centre and in Punjab for their alleged anti-Dalit stance and policies.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) decided to have an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab for the February 20 polls so that aspirations of Dalit stalwarts like Dr B R Ambedkar and BSP founder Kanshi Ram could be fulfilled, she said.

Kickstarting her party's and its alliance SAD-BSP's election campaign at a "Chon Jan Sabha" at Dana Mandi here, she said time had come when Congress government in Punjab too needs to be shown the door.

Terming Congress "a jabardast Dalit virodhi party" (anti-Dalit party), she said the party had always been against the weaker and deprived sections including adivasis, Dalits and backward classes.

"Congress because of its anti-Dalit and anti-poor stance neither conferred Barat Ratna on Dr B R Ambedkar nor on Kanshi Ram though they qualified for it in all respects," she lamented, adding that the then Congress government at the Centre did not announce even a day's mourning on the death of Kanshi Ram. (PTI)

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20:19 (IST)08 Feb 2022
BJP is going to lose in UP, People are tired of party's propaganda: Lalu Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav on Tuesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

'BJP is going to lose in Uttar Pradesh. People in the state are tired of BJP's propaganda. They have only been talking about riots, religion and temple,' Lalu said.

Lalu also hit out at the BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He said, 'He can go to any extent to stay on the chair of Chief Minister of Bihar.'

19:58 (IST)08 Feb 2022
We've to take Goa forward, build Golden Goa as per dreams of Parrikar: Nadda

Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda while campaigning in Goa said, "BJP tries to represent every section of society. We're the only party to do this because other parties work on the basis of religion, caste and vote bank. We've to take Goa forward and build Golden Goa as per the dream of Manohar Parrikar."

19:38 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Election Commission has zero tolerance towards misuse of govt machinery, money and power: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra said here on Tuesday that the poll panel had zero tolerance towards misuse of government machinery and abuse of money power as he reviewed the preparedness for Manipur elections, scheduled to be held in two phases on February 27 and March 3.

Chandra, who is here with his team on a two-day visit, also stated that polling officials found to have malafide intention or bias of any kind would be taken to task.

Addressing a press meet, he said that voters could report violations of Model Code of Conduct on the Election Commission's cVIGIL App.

Lauding the state's efforts to promote gender parity despite logistics challenges, the CEC said that 16.4 per cent of all polling stations in Manipur would be managed by women. Five Assembly constituencies -- Singjamei, Thoubal, Yaiskul, Wangkhei and Churachandpur -- would have its booths managed exclusively by women, he stated. (PTI)

19:23 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Special recruitment drive will be conducted for women in police force: Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that special recruitment drive will be conducted for women in the Uttar Pradesh Police.

'A separate women's police unit will be formed with 33 per cent reservation given to women in UP police force,' Yadav while launching party's manifesto. 

19:13 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Electioneering ends for first phase of polling in UP

Electioneering ended Tuesday evening for the first phase of assembly polls in western Uttar Pradesh after a busy day during which the ruling BJP and the main opposition Samajwadi Party released their manifestoes.

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cheer as they listen to their leader during an election rally in Shamli. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed one last virtual rally aimed at the voters of the region, winding up his speech with less than four minutes to go for the 6 pm deadline when campaigning for the February 10 polls had to end.

Polling will take place for 58 assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts, out of the 403 seats in the state, on Thursday. Under Election Commission guidelines, campaigning has to end 48 hours before the close of polls for each phase. The canvassing for the first phase remained confined to the virtual medium due to a ban on road shows and physical rallies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)

18:32 (IST)08 Feb 2022
PM Modi dismisses possibility of division of votes in western UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of division of votes in western Uttar Pradesh. The Western UP constitutes mainly of Jats and Muslim voter and was influential during the Farmer's protest.  

"The BJP will win as in previous elections (2017)," Modi said addressing a virtual rally for upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.

18:01 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Watch: Asaduddin Owaisi on Karnataka's Hijab row in UP rally

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17:39 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Congress MLAs in Meghalaya join BJP-backed MDA

The five Congress MLAs in Meghalaya on Tuesday joined the ruling MDA, which is backed by the BJP.

Once a formidable opposition with 17 MLAs, the Congress was left with only five MLAs after 12 legislators, including former chief minister Mukul Sangma, defected to the TMC last year.

The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) formally handed over a letter of support to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. (Read more)

17:31 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Yogi failed to manage COVID-19, his language 'chauraha chhap': AAP

Ahead of state assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleging mismanagement by him during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AAP also slammed Adityanath for his “indecent” language against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, equating his expressions with those of a “chauraha chhap neta”. The attack came a day after Adityanath and Kejriwal engaged in an online fight trading barbs over the “mismanagement” by their governments during the pandemic.


AAP leader Sanjay Singh. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

“His (Adityanath's) language against a popular and elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal -- he said 'Suno Kejriwal' – this kind of indecent language for an elected chief minister reflects that Adityanath ji might have unfortunately become the CM of UP but he speaks like a 'chauraha chhap neta',” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

“He is talking about COVID-19 mismanagement but I am saying if there is any live example of mismanagement, it is Adityanath. We have seen decomposed dead bodies along river banks in Prayagraj, Kanpur, Ballia and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh, with birds and animals nibbling on them. People have not forgotten those images,” Singh told reporters in Noida. (PTI)

17:24 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Watch: Priyanka Gandhi performs Yamuna Pooja at Mathura's Vishram Ghat

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday performed Yamuna Pooja at Vishram Ghat in Mathura, Uttar Pardesh.

17:19 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Ex-woman cop contesting polls to continue crusade for drug-free Manipur

Meet Thounaojam Brinda, a former police officer well known for her campaign against drug lords of Manipur, who has now joined the political fray to continue her fight to make her state “drug-free, corruption-free.” Four years back, Brinda made headlines for busting several drug cartels and being awarded a Police Medal for Gallantry.

Thounaojam Brinda. (Twitter/@th_brinda)

Today she is creating ripples by announcing her decision to contest as a Janata Dal (United) candidate from Yaiskul constituency of Imphal East district in the assembly elections to be held in two phases On February 27 and March 3.

Brinda, who had resigned from her job as additional superintendent of police in 2021 after run-ins with the powers that be, told PTI that her foray into electoral politics “was due to the urgent need to save the state and its youths from corruption and malpractices compounded by the wide-spread drug (abuse) and narco-terrorism.” Though she never thought of joining politics in earlier years of her career, “huge public support” not just from her constituency but from all over the state saw her deciding to plunge into electoral politics.

Brinda is a 2012 batch Manipur Police Service officer who is known for her derring-do as an upright officer who fought against drug mafias that straddle life in the state. The former cop claimed that while in service she was consistently harassed by those who are in power thereby crippling her ability to deliver as a law enforcer. (PTI)

17:00 (IST)08 Feb 2022
UP will see one-on-one fight between BJP, SP with Akhilesh winning: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that like West Bengal Assembly polls Uttar Pradesh will see a one-on-one fight between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party with Akhilesh Yadav emerging victorious.

TMC leader Mamata Banerjee with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI)

At a joint press conference with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Banerjee tweaked the "khela hobe' campaign anthem of her party for last year's Assembly polls to 'Khela Hoga' (the game is on) and stressed that if "Bengal can do it (defeat BJP), so can Uttar Pradesh".

Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, who defeated the BJP in the high-octane assembly polls in her state last year, said, "If Yogi (Adityanath) Ji comes to power, he will eat you up politically as well as economically." "He does not know anything and hence he is going (away). Let him go. A person, who wants to go should be allowed to go." She egged on the people to defeat the BJP without paying heed to the caste equation. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked up the BJP government’s record in development and welfare initiatives | PTI

Keep fake Samajwadis out of power: PM Modi at virtual rally

With just four days to go for the first phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday attacked the Samajwadi Party and its allies, urging people to keep “fake socialists” away from power.

Modi talked up the BJP government’s record in development and welfare initiatives and accused the previous administrations of creating fear among the people, making false promises to farmers and delaying payments to growers of sugarcane.

Modi was virtually addressing voters from the 21 Assembly seats of Mathura, Agra and Bulandshahr districts. These seats go to the polls in the first phase on February 10.

Burnt in Goa, Manipur, Congress gets loyalty pledges from candidates

Goa to Manipur, historical fort to signed affidavit, God to Rahul Gandhi. A beleaguered Congress is leaving nothing to chance to keep hold of its leaders in two states where power had been stolen right from under its nose last time as loyalties changed overnight.

On Friday, Gandhi was present in person in Panaji as 37 candidates of the Congress and three of its ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) swore by the Constitution, to a) not defect if elected till end of their term, b) be honest, and c) not resign or contest election from other parties. This affidavit was handed over to Gandhi, to be delivered to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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