2022 Assembly Election Highlights: Raising the poll pitch in Punjab ahead of the assembly elections next month, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Thursday hit out at the BJP over unemployment, demonetisation and the now-repealed farm laws. Addressing the “Navi Soch, Nava Punjab” virtual rally in Jalandhar, Gandhi said the demand for declaring party’s Punjab CM face will be met soon after consulting the Congress workers. Earlier in the day, Gandhi reached the Golden Temple, along with party candidates to pay obeisance ahead of the Punjab assembly polls. He was flanked by CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu during his visit.
The Bahujan Samaj Party on Thursday announced candidates to 59 seats in Uttar Pradesh, fielding Scheduled Castes (SC) candidates on general seats against Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav in Karhal and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav in Jaswantnagar. Akhilesh is contesting his first assembly election from Karhal seat in Mainpuri district. Against him, the BSP has given ticket to Kuldeep Narayan. Likewise, against Shivpal in Jaswantnagar, the BSP has fielded Brijendra Pratap Singh.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday, while addressing a ‘Prabhaavi Matdaata Samwad’ (Effective Voter Dialogue) in Greater Noida, said that the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh are not to decide an MLA, a minister or a chief minister, the elections are to decide the future course of the state for the next 20 years. Shah was in Greater Noida to seek support for the BJP’s Dadri candidate Tejpal Nagar with a door-to-door campaign in the constituency that goes to vote on February 10.