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MC Election Update Today January 28: PM Modi to hold first virtual rally on Jan 31; AAP releases 6th list of candidates for Uttarakhand

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

January 28, 2022 / 11:15 PM IST
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah (Illustration: Suneesh K)

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah (Illustration: Suneesh K)

PM Modi to hold first virtual rally on Jan 31

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the first virtual poll rally on January 31. He is expected to address the BJP supporters and workers based in western Uttar Pradesh districts which are scheduled to go to polls in the first phase of elections, on February 10.

Uttarakhand Polls | Harak Singh Rawat not in contest for first time in two decades

With all parties having announced their candidates for the February 14 Uttarakhand election, former cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat has emerged as the most prominent face to have been left out of the poll fray. It is for the first time in the two-decade old electoral history of Uttarakhand that Rawat -- the veteran of many a poll battle is not contesting. The Kotdwar MLA, who was recently expelled from the BJP for allegedly insisting on a ticket for both himself and his daughter-in-law, had rejoined the Congress on January 22. Despite returning to the Congress fold, he could not get a ticket for himself while his reinduction too was not smooth. However, the four-time MLA's daughter-in-law and former Femina Miss India contestant Anukriti Gusain did get a Congress ticket from Lansdowne.
BJP declared assets worth Rs 4,847 cr in 2019-20, BSP second at Rs 698 crore: ADR

The BJP declared assets worth Rs 4,847.78 crore in financial year 2019-20, the highest among all political parties, followed by the BSP at Rs 698.33 crore and the Congress at Rs 588.16 crore, according to poll reforms advocacy group ADR. The Association for Democratic Reforms prepared its report based on its analysis of assets and liabilities of national and regional parties in 2019-20. According to the analysis, the total assets declared by the seven national and 44 regional parties during the financial year amounted to Rs 6,988.57 crore and Rs 2,129.38 crore, respectively.

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s brother files nomination from Bassi Pathana as an independent candidate

Dr Manohar Singh Bassi, brother of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, filed his nomination from Bassi Pathana as an independent candidate.

Manohar Singh Bassi

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) releases sixth list of candidates for the upcoming Uttarakhand Election

AAP on Uttarakhand elections

BJP releases new list of 91 candidates

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 28 released another list comprising names of 91 candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022. So far, the BJP has announced the names of candidates for 287 assembly seats who will contest the seven-phase election beginning February 10. Read more here

Akhilesh Yadav alleges consipracy; says ‘helicopter not allowed to fly from Delhi to Muzaffarnagar

Akhilesh Yadav has alleged that his helicopter was briefly stopped from flying from Delhi to UP's Muzaffarnagar. He called it a conspiracy by the BJP.  "My helicopter has been halted in Delhi without any reason. It is not being allowed to fly to Muzaffarnagar (in UP). But a BJP leader was just allowed to fly from here. This is losing BJP's conspiracy - a proof of their frustration," the former UP Chief Minister had tweeted in Hindi at around 2:30 pm. Nearly half an hour after accusing the ruling party of halting his chopper, he tweeted an update saying, "We are ready to take the flight to victory."

Navjot Singh Sidhu's sister alleges that he abandoned their old-aged mother after father's death

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu's sister from the US, Suman Toor alleges that he abandoned their old-aged mother after the death of their father in 1986 & she later died as a destitute woman at Delhi railway station in 1989, News agency ANI has reported.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says Punjab needs a honest CM

Today Punjab needs a very honest CM. On one hand, we've people with allegations of drugs sale against them, who have allegations of sand mining against them. On the other hand there's a very honest man who never took even 25 paise from anyone, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Phillaur.

BSP releases list of candidates for fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh polls

The BSP on Friday released a list of 53 names for the fourth phase of the seven-phase elections in Uttar Pradesh. Sixty seats will got to polls in the fourth phase on February 23.

The party has finalised names for most of the seats going to the polls in the fourth phase, the party said while releasing the list. The seats on which elections will be held in the fourth phase include Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Hardoi, Unnao, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Banda and Fatehpur districts.

These seats include 14 reserved constituencies. The party has given tickets to five women, 15 Muslims and seven Brahmins among others. Elections in Uttar Pradesh will begin on February 10.

With Yogi in fray from Gorakhpur, Hindu Yuva Vahini gets active again to campaign for its founder

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, which was formed nearly two decades ago to spread the message of nationalism among youths but was almost dormant for the past few years, has become active again to canvass for its founder Yogi Adityanath in the Uttar Pradesh polls.

After the BJP declared Adityanath's candidature from the Gorakhpur Urban constituency, members of the youth organisation got into action, and have been fanning out up to booth level to garner support for him. Working in coordination with local BJP leaders, Vahini members have been using social media too to highlight the development works of the government under "Maharaj ji" (as it refers to Yogi Adityanath).

The organisation that came into existence in 2002 had quickly gained prominence, particular in Gorakhpur, with a large number of youths becoming its part. Adityanath had formed the Vahini after falling out with the BJP. The outfit has served as a power machine for Adityanath to influence poll outcomes in the assembly constituencies in the district.

Congress Dhuri candidate banks on development projects, says rival Bhagwant Mann not serious about constituency

Congress candidate and sitting legislator Dalvir Singh Goldy from Punjab's Dhuri seat has challenged the AAP's chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann for an open debate on the issue of development works, claiming the comedian has nothing to show to the people. Goldy is locked in a high-stake electoral battle with Mann, who is the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) CM face and candidate from Dhuri. The Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded former Sangrur legislator Parkash Chand Garg from Dhuri seat.

Dhuri is one of the assembly constituencies of the Sangrur Parliamentary seat. Mann is a two-time MP from Sangrur. With the AAP's CM candidate Mann being nominated from Dhuri, this assembly seat has shot into limelight.

The 40-year-old Goldy is banking upon several development projects carried out in Dhuri constituency in the last five years. We have done a lot of development work in the constituency and have been serving people of this area for five years, says Goldy who had remained active in student politics and was president of the Panjab University Campus Student's Council in 2005-06.

Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group meet ahead of Budget Session

Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group Meeting was held via video conferencing today, ahead of the commencement of Budget Session of the Parliament. In the meet, headed by party president Sonia Gandhi, it has been decided to raise issues like relief package to COVID-19 victims, Air India disinvestment, inflation, border issue with China, farmers' issues. It has also been decided to coordinate with like-minded parties on the issues. The Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group Meeting was headed by CPP chairperson Sonia Gandhi. AK Antony, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Anand Sharma, Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Jairam Ramesh, Manickam Tagore, Manish Tiwari attended the meeting.

TMC fields Seoula Vas as its candidate from Fatorda constituency

TMC fields Seoula Vas as its candidate from Fatorda constituency after Luizinho Faleiro announced the withdrawal of his candidature from the constituency.


AITC National Vice-President Luizinho Faleiro withdraws his TMC candidate from Fatorda.

I announce my withdrawal as Goa TMC candidate from Fatorda and hand over the baton to a young woman, a professional. That has been the policy of the party - to empower the women. I've taken this decision after consulting our party's national chairman because I would like to fight and campaign all over Goa for all the TMC candidates so that they can perform well. My earlier experience says that when I fought the election last time, we could not do justice to them. To replace me, we have a very able Flora, who will represent the Fatorda constituency: AITC National Vice-President Luizinho Faleiro, in Panaji

UP polls to decide next 20 years of the state: Amit Shah

The upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh are not to decide an MLA, a minister or a chief minister, the elections are to decide the future course of the state for the next 20 years, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said.

Addressing a 'Prabhavi Matdata Samwad' (Effective Voter Dialogue) in Greater Noida, the senior BJP leader lashed out at the previous state governments helmed by the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party over a host of issues, including law and order.

He also trained guns at the Congress along with the SP and the BSP over their opposition to abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, besides asserting BJP's commitment to national and internal security as he cited the surgical strikes on Pakistan and the action against criminal elements in UP.

Shah said the state had witnessed mafia rule and open extortion during the previous governments but stressed that the situation has changed over the last five years under the Yogi Adityanath government.

Amit Shah compliments JK Police's valour, commitment

"The upcoming polls are not to decide an MLA, or a minister or a chief minister. The elections are to decide the future course for the next 20 years of Uttar Pradesh," he told a gathering that involved Gautam Buddh Nagar voters, including local farmers, traders, professionals and teachers.

Congress to go with CM face in Punjab polls: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on January 27, said the party will go into the Punjab Assembly polls with a CM face and the decision on it will be taken soon after consulting party workers.

Addressing a virtual rally in Jalandhar, Gandhi said Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu have assured him that whoever is chosen as the CM face, the other will support him.

Congress to go with CM face in Punjab polls: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi made the statement after Sidhu at the rally demanded that the party declare the CM face for the polls and said he doesn't want to be a "showpiece".

Over the past several weeks, both Channi and Sidhu have indicated, directly or indirectly, keenness to be declared as the party’s CM face. Differences in the party continued to simmer even after the ouster of Amarinder Singh as the CM and Channi’s elevation to the post.

Samajwadi Party announces third list of 56 candidates for 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls

With the declaration of its third list of 56 candidates on Thursday, Samajwadi Party has so far declared 254 candidates for the 403 seats Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

The list names BSP turncoats Ram Achal Rajbhar and Lalji Verma from Akbarpur and Katehari seats respectively of Ambedkar Nagar, Vinay Tiwari from Chillupar and Leader of opposition Ram Govind Chowdhury from his Bansdeeh seat of Ballia district.

Samajwadi Party announces third list of 56 candidates for 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls

Senior SP leader Beni Prasad Verma’s son Rakesh Verma has been fielded from Kursi seat (Barabanki) while former minister Arvind Singh Gope and Fareed Mehfooz Kidwai got tickets from Dariyabad and Ram Nagar seats respectively of Barabanki district.

Former assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey has got ticket from Etwa (Siddharth Nagar) while former MLA Abhay Singh and Lucknow Yadav, son for former minister Parasnath Yadav were once again fielded from Gosaiganj seat (Ayodhya) and Malhani (Jaunpur) seats respectively.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami files nominations from Khatima

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami filed his nominations on Thursday from the Khatima Assembly seat for the February 14 polls. Dhami offered prayers at a local temple and held a door-to-door campaign in Khatima before filing his nominations.

He is pitted against PCC working president Bhuwan Chandra Kapri once again in Khatima. Dhami had defeated him in the 2017 assembly polls by a margin of 2709 votes. He has been winning the seat since the 2012 assembly elections when he had defeated Devendra Chand of the Congress by more than 5000 votes.

Dhami also faces the challenge of breaking the trend of incumbent chief ministers losing at the polls in Uttarakhand.

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