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Assembly Elections 2022 Highlights: BJP hatching conspiracy to end reservation, says SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

Assembly Elections 2022 News Highlights: Manipur recorded 78.03 per cent voter turnout in the first phase of Assembly polls.

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Imphal, New Delhi | Updated: February 28, 2022 10:37:54 pm
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav during an election campaign rally in Jalalpur, Ambedkar, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo)

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.

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22:37 (IST)28 Feb 2022
BSP's list of candidates for UP polls resembles ‘Muslim league', says Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday accused the opposition of playing politics of “appeasement” and alleged that the Bahujan Samaj Party's list of candidates for the state polls resembled a "Muslim league". Addressing a series of meetings in the poll-bound state, he said the opposition parties are spreading hatred among communities to increase their votebank.

“While the Samajwadi Party's (SP) candidate list gives a clear message that the party is not ready to leave criminals, goons and rioters, the Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) list of candidates resembles a 'Muslim league'. This proves that they will not give equal representation to all sections and regions,” he said during public meetings at Pathardeva, Salempur and Rudrapur assembly constituencies in Deoria. (PTI)

21:54 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Priyanka hopes for ‘encouraging result' for Congress in UP polls

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said with her party fighting at 400 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats after many years, she expects “encouraging result” for it. She expressed the hope while talking to reporters here after holding a roadshow in Bansdih town of the district. She said she hoped her party will get "encouraging results" in these elections.

"The Congress has performed well in five phases of the elections so far. We are contesting elections on 400 seats after many years. Our candidates are fighting well. They are fighting strongly at many seats," she said responding to a question. Asked about her party's likely support to any other party to form the government, she said it would be considered after the results are announced. (PTI)

21:25 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Akhilesh as CM protected terrorists, alleges Nadda

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. (PTI)

21:21 (IST)28 Feb 2022
BJP hatching conspiracy to end reservation: Akhilesh

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. (PTI)

19:05 (IST)28 Feb 2022
First phase of polling ends

Polling officials seal Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and VVPATs after the conclusion of the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections.

17:51 (IST)28 Feb 2022
78.03% polling till 5 pm in first phase of polls

78.03 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of the Assembly polls in Manipur as of 5 pm on Monday, the chief election officer informed.

17:07 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Watch | Uttar Pradesh CM and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath holds a roadshow in Gorakhpur

Uttar Pradesh CM and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath holds a roadshow in Gorakhpur.

16:53 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Manipur records 67.53% voter turnout till 3 pm in first phase of polls

67.53 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of the Assembly polls in Manipur as of 3 pm on Monday, the chief election officer informed. 

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16:29 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Manipur poll personnel killed in accidental firing: CEO

A Manipur Police personnel, who was on poll duty on Monday, was killed in a "suspected case of accidental firing" from his service rifle during the first phase of assembly elections to 38 seats in the northeastern state, Chief Electoral Office (CEO) Rajesh Agarwal said.

The incident took place in Tipaimukh assembly constituency in Churachandpur district. The police personnel was identified as Naorem Ibochouba, a resident of Kakching district. Agarwal condoled the death of the police personnel, and said that his body has been airlifted to Imphal and sent to a state-run hospital for autopsy, the officer added. (PTI)

15:54 (IST)28 Feb 2022
'I have an emotional connect with Ballia as Ujjwala scheme was launched here': PM Modi

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15:05 (IST)28 Feb 2022
48.88 % voters turnout recorded till 1 pm

48.88 per cent voters turnout was recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Manipur Assembly polls. (ANI)

14:32 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Violence mars first phase of Manipur assembly elections

Sporadic incidents of violence marred elections to 38 assembly constituencies in the first phase of Manipur assembly polls on Monday even as 27.34 per cent of around 12.09 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 11 AM, election officials said. Voting began at 7 AM in 1,721 polling stations in five districts amid tight security and strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols. A total of 173 candidates, including 15 women, are in the fray, they said.

At least one person was injured in a clash between two parties in Churachandpur district. An EVM was damaged, and it was later replaced. Alleged Congress workers vandalised a BJP polling booth in Kakwa area in Langthabal constituency in Imphal West district, while a vehicle of an NPP candidate was damaged by supporters of a rival group in Keirao seat, although nobody was injured in the incident. (PTI)

11:53 (IST)28 Feb 2022
27.34% voting recorded till 11 am

Polling for 38 seats in Manipur started on Monday, with 27.34 per cent voting recorded until 11 am. This is the first of the two-part election in the insurgency-hit state.

11:53 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Voting stalled at poll booth in Saitu constituency after clashes

Voting was stalled at a polling station in Saitu constituency this morning after a clash broke out between two groups, police said. This is the first of the two-part election in the insurgency-hit state.

11:52 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Havildar on poll duty found dead in Pherzawl district

A havildar of 8th Manipur Rifles who was deployed for poll duty was found dead in Pherzawl district early on Monday morning, police said. While it remains unclear how the incident occured, police has registered a case for further inquiry. The body has been airlifted to Imphal.

10:46 (IST)28 Feb 2022
In pics: Wangkhei constituency manned by all-women security team

Women security personnel assist voters in one of the polling stations in Wangkhei constituency. Wangkhei is one of the 4 constituencies manned by an all-women polling team.


09:59 (IST)28 Feb 2022
9.9% voting recorded till 9 am in phase 1

Polling for 38 seats in Manipur started on Monday, with 9.9 per cent voting recorded until 9 am. No violence has been reported in polling booths so far. This is the first of the two-part election in the insurgency-hit state.

Here is a district-wise breakdown: 
Imphal East: 9.8 per cent 
Imphal West: 10.7 per cent 
Bishnupur: 12.1 per cent 
Churachandpur: 5.3 per cent 
Kagpokpi: 13.2 per cent 

09:26 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Manipur Governor, CM among early voters

Less than half an hour after voting commenced in Manipur, Governor La Ganesan and Chief Minister N Biren Singh exercised their franchise in their respective constituencies.

The governor, after casting his vote at a polling booth in T G Higher Secondary School in Sagolband assembly constituency in Imphal West district, appealed to all eligible voters in Manipur to exercise their franchise.

"There is democracy in our country and the sign of democracy is election. The poll officers have made good arrangements," he said. (PTI)

09:24 (IST)28 Feb 2022
Manipur Deputy CM casts vote in Imphal

Manipur's Deputy CM and NPP candidate from Uripok, Yumnam Joykumar Singh cast his vote in Naoremthong Upper Primary School in Imphal. 

08:28 (IST)28 Feb 2022
As Manipur goes to the polls, BJP banks on ‘change’ of last 5 years

It is 8 pm on a Saturday, and 29-year-old Pithang Haolai and his two friends have stepped out to “enjoy the weekend” in Imphal. Close to the famous Ima Keithel (Women’s Market) of Manipur, Haolai and friends take turns to pose under the canopy of festive, twinkly lights that envelop a street that was dark until recently.

In insurgency-ridden Manipur, where life comes to standstill at sunset, places like “Thangal Lambi”, or Thangal Road, where Haolai is on Saturday, have emerged as a rare bright spot in capital Imphal. As a cold, still February night envelopes the city, the bright lights of Thangal Lambi have more than a few takers: apart from Haolai, young parents stroll their babies and an older couple takes a walk as a lone security guard keeps watch. Nearby, some women sell vegetables.

Just two months ago, the Biren Singh-led BJP government in the state revamped the 500-metre stretch on the side of Ima Keithel, installing strings of lights, several park benches, potted plants, and a sign that declared it as Imphal’s “new mall road”. Read more. 

BJP more secular than other parties, says its lone Muslim candidate

The BJP’s nominee in Manipur’s Lilong seat, Y Antas Khan, is the only Muslim candidate fielded by the party in the ongoing Assembly elections in five states that include Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh besides Manipur.

“The BJP is more secular than Congress. The anti-Muslim tag on BJP has been put by the Congress,” says Khan, 34. He admits that the lack of Muslim leadership in the BJP is the main reason why the party is perceived to be “anti-Muslim or Hindu-centric party”. “Initially I had the same idea. But after I joined the BJP and entered into its system, I found that it is more secular than any other party,” he claims.

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First published on: 28-02-2022 at 07:33:55 am
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