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Assembly Election 2022 Highlights Jan 29: EC bans exit polls for UP elections

2022 Election Live News, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab Election Highlights 29 Jan: The people of UP have already given their verdict and the BJP is "nervous", Yadav claimed while speaking at a press conference along with Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhry, after taking the 'anna sankalp' of defeating the BJP.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh, Dehradun, Imphal, Lucknow, New Delhi, Panaji |
Updated: January 30, 2022 8:11:58 am
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal President Jayant Choudhary during a joint press conference ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, in Ghaziabad, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)

BJP2022 Assembly Election Highlights: The Election Commission on Saturday banned all exit polls pertaining to the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled in the state from February 10 till March 7. UP’s Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla in a statement said that conducting the exit polls, its publication in electronic or print media or its publicity has been banned from 7.00 am on February 10 to 6.30 pm on March 7. Any person violating the order will be punished with a two-year jail or fine or both.

Exuding confidence in forming the government in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the assembly polls in the state will not throw a surprise result, but the “real surprise” will be in Gujarat elections scheduled later this year. The people of UP have already given their verdict and the BJP is “nervous”, Yadav claimed while speaking at a press conference along with Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhry, after taking the ‘anna sankalp’ of defeating the BJP.

Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidu, after filing his nomination from the Amritsar East seat, said: “I don’t want to turn loktantra (democracy) into Dandatantra (force)…This city had, have and will continue to have its faith in the Congress.”

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22:15 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Punjab Poll Diary: Partap Bajwa also in the CM face race

Here is the latest update on the CM candidate of Congress. It seems in an interview with Pro Punjab channel, Bajwa quipped, “Aagey aagey dekhiye hota hai kya – Kisi ne socha tha Channi CM ban jayenge? To main kyon nahin ?? (Let’s see what happens. Had anyone thought Channi would be made the CM. So why not me?” Just last week, Bajwa had pooh-poohed a question about CM face, and had said the party already has a CM in Channi. Guess, the answers depend on the day, time, mood. As they say, there is nothing permanent except change. Your views as well. Read more

22:14 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Amit Shah ridicules SP-RLD alliance, asks how long will bonhomie last

Taking a dig at the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said: “Samajwadi Party chief Akhileshji yesterday remarked that he and RLD president Jayant Chaudhary were ‘saath-saath’ (together), but for how long?”

He also scoffed at Yadav and RLD chief’s display of togetherness and said the leaders of these parties will be seen together only till the end of elections. He further said that in the event of government formation, people like Azam Khan and Atiq Ahmad will take the centre stage and Chaudhary will not be seen anywhere. Read more

22:08 (IST)29 Jan 2022
BJP candidates face black flags, stones, mud in west UP, FIR lodged

Over a dozen incidents of convoys of BJP contestants being shown black flags or having mud thrown at them have been reported from villages in western UP, which goes to polls in the first two phases, on February 10 and 14.

In one incident, where BJP Siwalkhas candidate Maninderpal Singh came under attack at Chur village on January 24 evening, an FIR has been lodged naming 20 people with 65 listed as unidentified. While Singh did not file a complaint, police filed the FIR on its own on Thursday. Read more

19:29 (IST)29 Jan 2022
In past 10 yrs, SP and BJP govts gave anarchy, jungle raj to UP: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday said in the past 10 years, under the SP and the BJP, there has been "anarchy" and "jungle raj" in Uttar Pradesh, and cautioned people not to fall prey to any of their allurements. The previous government in the state was that of the Samajwadi Party, which was defeated by the BJP in the 2017 assembly polls. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief also said that her rivals have an "anti-people character and face, and do double talk", and these have been again exposed before the Uttar Pradesh elections. --PTI

19:16 (IST)29 Jan 2022
EC bans exit polls for UP assembly election

The Election Commission has banned all exit polls pertaining to the coming Assembly elections from 7.00 am on February 10 to 6.30 pm on March 7.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, UP's Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said that conducting the exit polls, its publication in print or electronic media or its publicity has been banned from 7.00 am on February 10 to 6.30 pm on March 7. Any person who violates the order will be punished with a two-year jail term or fine or both. --PTI

19:16 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Need law against religious conversion, but it mustn’t be misused, says Kejriwal in Punjab

Speaking at an interaction with traders and businessmen in Jalandhar on Saturday, he said one should not be forced to convert. “I feel that religion is a private affair of any individual and everyone has the right to worship any religion or religious book, but if somebody is being converted by alluring through money or harassing them then it is wrong,” he said while replying to a query on his stand regarding the conversions taking place in Punjab, particularly in Jalandhar, allegedly by offering money to the poor. Read full story here

17:21 (IST)29 Jan 2022
BJP govt chased away criminals, mafias who flourished during SP regime in UP: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday took a swipe at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, saying he does not have "shame" while talking "lies" about the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP government has chased away criminals and mafias who flourished during the earlier regime. He also scoffed at Yadav and RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary's display of togetherness and said leaders of these parties will be seen together only till election. He said in the event of government formation, people like Azam Khan and Atiq Ahmad will take centre stage and Chaudhary will not be seen anywhere. --PTI

16:05 (IST)29 Jan 2022
UP polls won’t have surprise result, real shock will be in Gujarat, claims Akhilesh Yadav

Exuding confidence in forming the government in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the assembly polls in the state will not throw a surprise result, but the “real surprise” will be in Gujarat assembly polls due later this year. The people of UP have already given their verdict and the BJP is “nervous”, Yadav claimed while speaking at a press conference along with Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhry, after taking the ‘anna sankalp’ of defeating the BJP.

15:56 (IST)29 Jan 2022
No new tax in Punjab if AAP comes to power: Arvind Kejriwal

AAP national convener-Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, while speaking in Jalandhar said that no new tax will be imposed in Punjab after his party comes into power.

15:50 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Before 2017, women safety was in danger: Yogi Adityanath

"How was the (law and order) situation before 2017? Women safety was in danger, so much so that girls could not go to schools and Mulayam Singh Ji would say: boys make mistakes. Their sympathy is not with women & youth," said UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Baghpat.

15:49 (IST)29 Jan 2022
SP, BSP competing to give tickets to biggest criminal: Yogi Adityanath in Baghpat

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, while speaking in Baghpat, said, "There is a competition between SP and BSP to give tickets to the biggest criminal. If these criminals become MLA, they will produce guns, not flowers and there is only one way to treat them: JCB and bulldozer."

14:17 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Kejriwal has a question: ‘Who will you vote for? sand thieves, drug sellers or die-hard honest man’

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal Friday targeted Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over “illegal sand mining” and the Badals over “drug sales” even as he invoked Dr B R Ambedkar in Phillaur, a reserved Assembly constituency in Jalandhar district. Kejriwal also asked people if they would vote for “reta chor” (sand thieves), “nasha bechne wale” (drug sellers) or “kattar immandar (die-hard honest)” Bhagwant Mann, his party’s chief ministerial face. The Delhi CM was speaking at an indoor meeting of citizens and workers in the constituency in support of AAP candidate Prem Kumar. Read More

12:54 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Navjot Singh Sidhu files nomination from Amritsar East

Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidu, after filing his nomination from the Amritsar East seat, said: “I don't want to turn loktantra (democracy) into Dandatantra (force)...This city had, have and will continue to have its faith in the Congress.”

12:21 (IST)29 Jan 2022
‘We are sons of farmers, know their pains’: Akhilesh; Jayant says their alliance ‘solid’

Describing himself and his alliance partner Jayant Chaudhary, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief, as “sons of farmers who know very well their economic pains and tribulations”, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday asked farmers to be wary of the BJP, alleging that the saffron party-led Centre had withdrawn the controversial farm laws only for the sake of votes. The former chief minister assured farmers that if their alliance forms the government after winning the upcoming UP Assembly elections, they will not allow the implementation of any such “anti-farmer laws” in the state. Read More

11:20 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Govind Ballabh Pant, freedom fighter and first UP CM

Accounting for 80 of the Lok Sabha’s 543 seats, and a 403-member Assembly, Uttar Pradesh, with its over 15 crore voters, is India’s most politically significant state. Since January 25, 1950, when the United Provinces was renamed as Uttar Pradesh, the state – through 17 Assembly elections — has determined the course of national politics, throwing up a legion of stalwarts, chief ministers, and Prime Ministers. 

As the first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Govind Ballabh Pant, a Congress stalwart and leading figure in India’s freedom movement, is credited with providing a stable government and ensuring communal harmony in the state in post-Independence years when neighbouring states like Punjab and Bihar were in the throes of communal conflagration. Read More

10:23 (IST)29 Jan 2022
UP: Candidates shuffled around here, the constant remains caste, party base

Groups of three to four people sit around bonfires at every intersection, burning up tree trunks around a line of shops selling furniture — the mainstay of livelihoods in Garh Mukhteshwar. Overlooking them are electricity poles enveloped with inanimate faces of contenders who will fight for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly from this seat in Hapur district. In the last few weeks, key parties have changed their minds about their candidates for the constituency that votes on February 10. And caste appears to have a major role. Read More

09:24 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Punjab election: The missing women candidates

In an election where parties have been trying to outdo each other to attract women voters, a demographic that comprises at least half the state’s 2.12 crore voters, the number of women candidates remains abysmally low in Punjab. Of the 117 candidates of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BSP alliance, only five are women. That’s around 4 per cent of the total candidates. Of the five, four are of the SAD, which is contesting on 97 seats, and one of the Mayawati-led BSP, which is contesting on 20 seats. Read More

09:24 (IST)29 Jan 2022
Welcome to our coverage of the run-up to the elections

Good morning and welcome to The Indian Express's coverage of election news. Follow this space for latest news from the five poll-bound states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

22:25 (IST)28 Jan 2022
EC seizes cash, drugs, alcohol worth Rs 240 crore in poll-bound states

The Election Commission of India has seized cash, drugs and other freebies worth Rs 240 crore in the five Assembly election-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. Material worth Rs 99.99 crore has been seized from Punjab alone, including drugs worth Rs 75 crore.

Officials said the EC held meetings on Friday regarding expenditure monitoring with the chairpersons of the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.

According to the EC’s records, until Friday, drugs worth Rs 170.73 crore were seized from the five election-bound states. Rs 38.42 crore in cash, and liquor worth Rs 27.51 crore were also seized. Read More

20:35 (IST)28 Jan 2022
Majithia files nomination papers from Amritsar East, says Sidhu 'failed' people of his constituency

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia on Friday accused Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu of having "failed" the people of Amritsar East as their representative as he filed his nomination papers from the assembly constituency. Majithia also alleged that Sidhu, who is the sitting MLA from Amritsar East, has not done anything for the people of his constituency.

The SAD has fielded Majithia against Sidhu from Amritsar East seat. Earlier, Majithia also filed his nomination papers from Majitha constituency, from where he is the sitting MLA. He will fight the elections from both Amritsar East and Majitha assembly seats.

Majithia said now the people will decide the fate of those who have "cheated and deceived" them. (PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu at Golden Temple in Amritsar, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (PTI Photo)

The BJP on Friday released its seventh list of 91 candidates for various phases of the upcoming UP elections, denying ticket to sitting MLAs on 20 seats, most of which fall in eastern UP. In the high-profile Ayodhya seat, the ruling party has fielded its sitting MLA Ved Prakash Gupta. Earlier, there was speculation that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may be nominated from Ayodhya, but the party fielded him from Gorakhpur Urban, his home turf.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday alleged that he was stranded in Delhi as his helicopter was not being allowed to take off for UP's Muzaffarnagar. In a tweet in Hindi, the SP president posted a picture with the helicopter in the background and said no reason was given for it.

As both Channi, Sidhu press case, Rahul says Congress will have CM face in Punjab

In a turnaround from the Congress’s repeated assertion of “collective leadership” ahead of the Punjab elections, senior leader Rahul Gandhi Thursday said the party will go with a chief minister face in the polls. A decision would be taken soon after consulting party workers, he said.

Gandhi added that both CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had told him that the question paramount in Punjab was ‘who would lead the Congress in the state’. Both are the top contenders for the post.

SP pits father of sitting BJP MLA in his seat, benches seniors for ex-BSP leaders

The Samajwadi Party (SP), which on Thursday released its fourth list of 56 candidates for the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, has fielded four-time MLA Ramakant Yadav from Phoolpur Pawai seat in Azamgarh district which is currently held by his son and BJP MLA Arun Kumar Yadav.

Though the BJP has not declared its candidate for the seat, it is likely to retain Arun Kumar Yadav, thereby raising the possibility of a father-son clash.

Elected as an SP MP from Azamgarh in 1996, Ramakant Yadav had moved to the BSP as well as BJP, only to return to the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP in 2019. His son Arun, a two-time MLA from Phoolpur Pawai, was also elected as an SP MLA in 2007. In 2017, he as a BJP candidate won the seat defeating BSP’s Abul Qais Azmi by 7,295 votes.

Punjab: BJP fields two Cong turncoats, SC body chief Sampla

In the party's Kolkata North organisational district, former BJP councillor Sunita Jhawar resigned from the post of vice-president of the committee within hours of being appointed to the post. The BJP on Thursday released its second list of 27 candidates for the February 20 Punjab Assembly elections giving tickets to two sitting MLAs, who had recently quit the Congress and joined the party, and National Commission for Scheduled Caste chairman Vijay Sampla.

With this, the party has released names for 61 of the 65 seats is contesting in alliance with former chief minister Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).

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