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UP elections 2017 LIVE updates: PM Modi’s strategy is distraction, we are for development, says Rahul Gandhi

BJP president Amit Shah will also address multiple election rallies in UP's Pilibhit, Lakhimpur, Sitapur and Raebareli on Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 11:24:27 am
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will address multiple election rallies in Uttar Pradesh Saturday. He is scheduled to visit Moradabad, Rampur and Bareilley through the day to campaign for the second phase of polling to be held on February 15. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will also address multiple election rallies in UP’s Pilibhit, Lakhimpur, Sitapur and Raebareli Saturday.  Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in UP’s Badaun district and Rudrapur in Uttarakhand. BSP chief Mayawati, too, will be campaigning in Saharanpur and Bijnor.

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LIVE UPDATES BELOW

3:15 pm: People are voting for elephant, BSP is going to come in the first place: Mayawati in Saharanpur

12:43 pm: As per initial reports, we are leading in this 1st phase: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

11:57 am: In Muzaffarnagar sitting MLA Kapil Dev Agarwal of BJP is facing Gaurav Bansal of SP, Payal Maheshwari of RLD & Rakesh Sharma of BSP.

11:44 am: There is a big BSP wave across the state and the reports I am getting from the first phase of voting are very positive. Jinko janta azma chuki hai, usko janta phir nahi azmayegi. UP mei BSP ki sarkaar purn bahumat ki banne wali hai: Mayawati

11:43 am: BJP has been in power in Centre for more than 2 and a half years and they have not fulfilled even 1/4th of their 2014 promises: Mayawati

11:42 am: Only BSP can provide an ideal Govt in UP. Cong-SP and BJP are trying to misguide people but now people know their real face: Mayawati

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10:54 am: PM’s strategy is distraction. When he can’t answer questions, he starts distracting. Truth is that in 2.5 years, he has failed: Rahul Gandhi

10:50 am: We are only talking about development. BJP is afraid of two youths. They are scared of new ideas and intentions: Akhilesh

10:45 am: There are issues on 6-7 seats, but these issues are insignificant, things will be worked out soon. Coordination is there in this alliance. Reality is that we are solidly fighting together for 99 per cent of seats: Rahul Gandhi

10:44 am: This is an alliance between two youngsters. We have come to transform Uttar Pradesh, not just to come to power: Rahul

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10:38 am: He likes to rake up people’s janam patris. He likes to do all these things. He likes to peek into bathrooms. Let him do. This election will give him a strong response: Rahul

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10:36 am: The biggest challenge in India is giving employment to youth. This year, unemployment has risen. PM Modi has not been able to fulfil his promises. PM talks about surgical strikes but the largest casualties have happened in our security forces: Rahul Gandhi

10:35 am: Bohot ghussa hona acchi baat nahi hai, is se pata chalta hai pairon ke neeche se zameen sarak rahi hai: Akhilesh Yadav

10:34 am: Everyone in UP will feel this is our government. We will give employment to youth: Rahul

10:33 am: This is the foundation of the alliance: Rahul

10:29 am: CM Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi launch alliance’s common minimum program in Lucknow.

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Meanwhile, polling began in 73 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh’s western region Saturday morning. An estimated 2.6 crore people are expected to caste their votes for the Assembly elections in the state which will be held in seven phases. On Tuesday, Akhilesh Yadav, PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi and other leaders campaigned for the second phase of polls in multiple districts of the state.

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