Assembly Elections News Highlights: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday claimed the BJP is hatching a conspiracy to end reservation and hence, is selling government organisations to the private sector. Addressing an election meeting in the Jalalpur assembly constituency, Yadav said his party will win all the seats of Ambedkarnagar as well as of neighbouring Azamgarh district in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. “The BJP is hatching a conspiracy to end reservation, and hence it is selling government organisations to the private sector,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJP president J P Nadda on Monday alleged that Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav protected terrorists during his tenure as the CM of Uttar Pradesh, which is witnessing a rule of law today. After 2017, the BJP government has taken strict action against such elements, he said. “It is the rule of law in the state now and not that of a family or an individual,” Nadda said addressing an election rally in Mirzapur. “Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, during his tenure as the (Uttar Pradesh) chief minister, used to give protection to terrorists, withdraw cases against them and embrace them,” Nadda alleged. The BJP president also accused Yadav of instigating people by calling the Covid vaccine as the “BJP vaccine”. However, he did not stop from taking the jab when needed, Nadda said.
At the same time, voting for the first phase of assembly polls in Manipur concluded on Monday without any major incident. In this phase, voting was held in 1,721 polling stations across 38 Assembly constituencies. The north-eastern state recorded 78.03 per cent voter turnout till 5pm, said poll officials. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Agrawal said polling was held peacefully except for a few incidents of EVM damage and preventive firing in the air by security personnel in a few constituencies.