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MC Election Update Today January 14: FIR against Samajwadi Party after thousands turn up to attend ‘virtual rally’

Take a quick look at all the major updates on upcoming assembly elections in five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur

January 14, 2022 / 10:55 PM IST
The BJP has finalised its candidates for 172 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. (Representative image)

The BJP has finalised its candidates for 172 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. (Representative image)


2022 Punjab Assembly Elections | “As per Supreme Court guidelines, a media certification and monitoring cell has been set up. The DC will head the committee. We will monitor and certify advertisements given in the media and social media, and issue notice to candidates if a violation of the Model Code of Conduct is detected,” Saurabh Deep, committee member, Amritsar.

2022 Uttarakhand Assembly Elections | “Discussion was held on 70 seats and almost all names have been finalised based on merits of the candidates. Tomorrow we will present the names before the Central Election Committee (CEC),” says Congress leader Harish Rawat after attending the Uttarakhand Screening Committee meeting.

2022 UP Assembly Elections | Today we got info that around 2,500 people gathered at the Samajwadi Party office. As per the Election code of conduct, no rally or gathering can take place till January 15. Our team reached there and captured the event. Based on the violations, we have registered a case: DK Thakur, Commissioner of Police, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

UP Assembly Elections | As per the strategy, Dara Singh Chauhan will join the Samajwadi Party on January 16; there will be frequent joining, said former Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who recently quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Goa Assembly Elections | Ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be visiting Goa for a two-day-tour on January 15 & January 16 to participate in the door-to-door campaign and other activities.

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Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya: “Samajwadi Party’s list of candidates is a trailer of the pre-2017 days of Western UP with Akhilesh suggesting that they can't leave rioters and that there will be ‘Goondaraj’ once again. Many criminals have been given tickets. Do you want a return of Muzaffarnagar riots...?”

Uttar Pradesh | FIR against Samajwadi Party after thousands turn up to attend ‘virtual rally’

Flouting Election Commission guidelines, thousands turned up at Samajwadi Party’s Lucknow rally held on January 14. An FIR was lodged against Akhilesh Yadav’s party for blatant disregard of both Model Code of Conduct and COVID-19 protocols.

Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said: “We have taken cognizance of the matter; found a violation of Model Code of Conduct and COVID-19 protocols. We've registered an FIR in the matter.”

He added: “Samajwadi Party’s rally was held without permission. A police team has been sent to the SP office and necessary action will be taken in this regard.”

EC appoints general, police, expenditure ‘observers’ to oversee conduct of assembly polls

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on January 14 organised a briefing for observers to be deployed for the forthcoming general elections to the legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

“Over 1,400 officials attended the sessions in a hybrid mode,” the ECI said.

It added: “Officers drawn from IAS, IPS, IRS, and other account services will be deployed as general, police, and expenditure observers. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has directed all the three observers to work in coordination with the enforcement agencies and ensure the conduct of free, fair, transparent, and safe elections.”

Uttar Pradesh Polls | BSP worker Arshad Rana: “I have been working for 24 years; was formally declared candidate from Charthawal in 2018 (for 2022 UP elections)... Have been trying to get in touch with the party, but have got no proper response. I was told to arrange Rs 50 lakh...had already paid about Rs 4.5 lakh.”

Uttar Pradesh Polls | BSP worker cries bitterly after being denied ticket

Watch | “The Cycle is very strong as Samajwadi and Ambedkarwadi have come together and no one can stop us”, says SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

2022 UP Polls | Watch: Yogi Adityanath takes lunch at residence of SC man

 On Makar Sankranti, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had lunch at the residence of Amritlal Bharti, who belongs to a scheduled caste community. He thanked Bharti for inviting him and said: “I want to thank Bharti who belongs to Scheduled Caste community for inviting me for 'Khichri Sahbhoj' on the occasion of #MakarSankranti today.”


2022 UP Polls | Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wickets falling one after the other, although our Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) does not know how to play cricket. As Swami Prasad Maurya said, wherever he goes, the government is formed; even this time he brought a huge number of leaders along with him.

UP polls | Partners RLD-SP select candidates on different criteria

The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has chosen educated candidates hailing from the constituency and with no criminal background, while partner the Samajwadi Party picked them on their 'winnability' factor as the alliance announced the first list of nominees for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

The alliance of Akhilesh Yadav's and Jayant Chaudhary's parties, which was stitched last year, on Thursday announced candidates on 29 seats 10 from the SP and 19 from the RLD - in western Uttar Pradesh which will go to polls on February 10. These seats across districts like Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Aligarh, Agra, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Hapur, Ghaziabad were largely won by the BJP candidates in the 2017 elections but have now seen a considerable influence of the recent farmers' agitation and changing caste equations.

Highlights

- Four ex-BJP MLAs, including Swami Prasad Maurya, join SP today
Nomination process for first phase of UP Assembly polls to begin today
- BJP to contest on 38 out of 40 seats in Goa Assembly polls

- Election Commission to hold meet with poll observers today

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Four ex-BJP MLAs, including Swami Prasad Maurya, join SP today

After quitting BJP, MLAs Swami Prasad Maurya, Dharam Singh Saini, Bhagwati Sagar and Vinay Shakya joined Samajwadi Party today in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav

UP Assembly Polls: At least 10 ministers may resign in coming days, says Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

In a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, which is spilled by ministers and MLAs leaving the party, 10 at least 10 ministers may resign from the state government in the coming days, claimed Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut.

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Partners RLD-SP select candidates on different criteria

The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has chosen educated candidates hailing from the constituency and with no criminal background, while partner the Samajwadi Party picked them on their 'winnability' factor as the alliance announced the first list of nominees for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

2 MLAs resign from BJP’s ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)

Amid a spate of resignations from the BJP, two MLAs of its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) have also quit their party in the run-up to the UP assembly polls. Shohratgarh MLA Chaudhary Amar Singh and Vishwanath Ganj MLA RK Verma have announced that they are leaving the party. The alliance of Akhilesh Yadav's and Jayant Chaudhary's parties, which was stitched last year, has announced candidates on 29 seats 10 from the SP and 19 from the RLD - in western UP, which will go to polls on February 10. These seats are across districts like Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Aligarh, Agra, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Hapur, Ghaziabad were largely won by the BJP candidates in the 2017 elections but have now seen a considerable influence of the recent farmers' agitation and changing caste equations.

Ex-BJP minister Swami Prasad Maurya to join Samajwadi Party today

Former BJP minister Swami Prasad Maurya has announced to join Samajwadi Party today. A large number of his supporters have already arrived at his residence to celebrate the occasion.

Nomination process for first phase of UP Assembly polls to begin today

The filing of nominations for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will begin today. In this phase, polling will be held for a total of 58 seats in 11 districts of the state which will include Shamli, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Hapur, GautamBuddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Mathura, Agra, and Aligarh. Reda more here

BJP to contest on 38 out of 40 seats in Goa Assembly polls

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goahas decided to contest 38 out of the total 40 Assembly seats in the state, where elections will be held next month, reported  PTI citing a senior party functionary. Talking to the news agency, the office-bearer said that in two constituencies - Benaulim and Nuvem - the party will not field any candidate on its symbol. Read more here

Election Commission to hold meet with poll observers today

The Election Commission will hold a virtual meeting with observers who would be deployed for elections in five states today. The top brass of the poll panel will brief the various general, police and expenditure observers of their roles and responsibilities during election duty.

BJP finalises candidates for 172 seats in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP has finalised its candidates for 172 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and is likely to field both Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya who are currently members of the Legislative Council, party leaders said. The party's seat-sharing talks with Apna Dal (S) and Nishad party are also in the final stages. Former BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah held meetings with leaders of both parties recently at the saffron party headquarters in Delhi.

Congress finalises names of candidates for Punjab assembly polls

The Congress has finalised the names of its candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab at a meeting of the Central Election Committee held under the leadership of party chief Sonia Gandhi. In the meeting, held virtually, discussed all the party candidates but did not release the list, said the report citing sources.

EC changing rules to register new party at BJP's behest, claims AAP; poll panel terms charge factually incorrect

The AAP has claimed that the Election Commission is going to register a new political party by bringing changes in its rules at the behest of the BJP, an allegation the poll panel described as "factually incorrect". Addressing a press conference, party spokesperson Raghav Chadha alleged that the move has been set in motion by the BJP to stop the AAP from winning assembly elections in Punjab and forming its government in the state. Responding to the allegation, an EC spokesperson said it is "factually incorrect" to say that the reduction of public notice period in guidelines for registration of political parties from four weeks to one week has never been done.
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first published: Jan 14, 2022 09:59 am

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