Elections 2022 Highlights: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday further relaxed restrictions on physical campaigning for the assembly elections across the five states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. The poll body allowed political parties and candidates to campaign between 6 am and 10 pm in adherence to Covid-19 norms. “Padyatra consisting not more than the permitted number of persons as per SDMA limitations and only with prior permission of district authorities will also be allowed. All other existing provisions related to electioneering shall continue to operate,” it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at an election rally in Kannauj of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, targeted the Opposition and said that after first round of voting in UP, dynasts are sleepless and unable to dream. For them the mantra of democracy is ‘government of the family, by the family and for the family,’ Modi said taking a swipe at Samajwadi Party. Earlier, in Rudrapur of Uttarakhand, Modi accused the Congress of spreading rumours about Covid vaccines, saying the party did it for politics because it thought it will not have anything to speak against the government if things got back on track. He also charged the party with abusing the country’s first CDS late Gen Bipin Rawat and asked people of Uttarakhand to give a befitting reply to it for this “insult” in the February 14 polls, PTI reported.
In another news. soon after being sworn in, the BJP in Uttarakhand will form a committee to draft a Uniform Civil Code in the state, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Friday. Implementing Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand will help boost equal rights, he said. “It’ll enhance social harmony, boost gender justice, strengthen women empowerment and help protect the extraordinary cultural-spiritual identity and environment of the state,” he added.