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UP elections 2017 LIVE updates: Amit Shah slams Akhilesh-govt for distributing laptops on basis of religion, caste

Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Campaign continues in UP as fourth phase polls are set to happen tomorrow.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 22, 2017 6:56:57 pm
Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Amit Shah at an election rally. (Source: File Photo)

As Uttar Pradesh gears to hold the fourth phase of its assembly elections on Thursday, political parties are keeping up their fierce campaigns in districts that are going to polls in subsequent phases. Campaigning for the Congress- Samajwadi Party alliance, UP Chief Minsiter Akhilesh Yadav held a public rally in Bahraich, which will vote in the fifth phase on February 27. Bharatiya Janta Party president Amit Shah is holding four public meetings in Sultanpur, Azamgarh and Gorakhpur districts — all of which will vote in the sixth phase on March 4. The seventh and final phase of polls in UP will be held on March 8.

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5.50pm: Amit Shah also asked people of Uttar Pradesh to get rid of ‘KASAB’ which stands for Congress, SP and BSP.

5.28pm: UP ki rajneeti ko keechad keechad kar diya, keechad se kuch nahi niklega, niklega toh kamal ka phool niklega,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Sultanpur

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5.15pm: “They will ask your religion & caste first, if that doesn’t seem favourable to them, they won’t give you laptop,” said BJP President Amit Shah while addressing election rally in Chauri Chaura.

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5.00pm: “The current elections is very important. The people of Uttar Pradesh have given them (BJP) so much but rather than bringing achhe din then snatched everything you had. They took away your land, your job and your hard earned money,” wrote Sonia Gandhi in a letter.

3.53pm: Hum zimmedaari se PM ko kehte hain khao Ganga maiyya ki kasam ki hum Kashi mein 24 ghante bijli de rahein hain ki nahi de rahe, (We are responsibly asking PM Modi to take an oath on Mother Ganga and say that we are not providing 24-hour electricity in Kashi),” said Akhilesh.

3.46pm: BJP ke yahan satta pe aane par, kitne Rohith Vemula va Dalit Una cases honge, iska aap andaaza laga sakte hain (If BJP comes to power in UP, you can just guess how many Rohith Vemula and Unda Dalit cases will happen),” said Mayawati

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3.30pm: “People across the country have begun addressing Bharatiya Janata Party as Bharatiya Jumla Party,” said Mayawati.

3.24pm: BSP chief Mayawati addresses election rally in Faizabad. “If BJP comes to power in the elections, all reservations will go away, have got information from sources,” said the BSP supremo.

01.15 pm: Talking about the Samajwadi Party-Congress seat sharing in the state, Akhilesh said, “If friendship is done with a big heart, it stays. But if you befriend a miser, the bond is unlikely to last.

01.05 pm: The UP CM attacks PM Modi over demonetisation, “You said demonetisation will eradicate black money, corruption and terrorism. (But) where are the statistics?”

01.00 pm: Akhilesh Yadav addresses a public meeting in Bahraich.

12.40 pm: Contesting on an SP ticket, so I am in SP. If circumstances allow, will remain with the party even after March 11.

12.32 pm: “All I wanted was respect for Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). I am with Netaji, will do whatever he asks me to.”

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12:30 pm: Shivpal Yadav talks to ANI, says he will campaign for SP but hasn’t thought about what further. Shivpal also expressed unwillingness to campaign for Congress, but added that he will if Mulayam Singh asks him to.

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