The battle for Uttar Pradesh will begin on Thursday with first phase polling scheduled to take place in 58 assembly seats spread across 11 districts in the western part of the state.
2022 Assembly Election Live Updates: Ahead of the first phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Wednesday said that the agri laws were brought in for the benefit of farmers, but were withdrawn in the interest of the people. He added that he has always worked for the benefit of the farmers and they too have always supported him. He also exuded confidence of BJP’s victory in the assembly elections across all the five states. Speaking to news agency ANI, he further stated that the BJP has always functioned with stability, and has been greeted with an atmosphere of pro-incumbency instead of anti-incumbency.
Launching a scathing attack on “dynastic politics”, Modi said it is a “big threat” and the “greatest enemy of democracy”. Elaborating on his “fake Samajwadi” jibe at the Samajwadi party in poll-bound UP, Modi said these parties were only concerned about “parivarvad”.
BJP’s manifesto for Uttarakhand named, “Vision Document 2022”, has promised amendment of the law of ‘love jihad’ to make it stricter, including a provision of 10 years of rigorous imprisonment, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami told news agency ANI on Wednesday. Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday released BJP’s manifesto in Dehradun ahead of the assembly polls in Uttarakhand laying a roadmap for its development over the next five years as a model state. The party’s poll manifesto also puts renewed emphasis on infrastructure development, tourism, stopping migration, employment generation, empowerment of women, farmers, horticulture and dairy development.
Releasing the Congress party’s Unnati Vidhan manifesto, Priyanka Gandhi announced that the party will waive off farmers’ debt within 10 days of coming to power in Uttar Pradesh. The party will halve electricity bills in the state and families financially affected by Covid-19 will be given Rs 25,000. The manifesto also promises free treatment of up to Rs 10 lakh for any disease, Gandhi said. The party will also provide smartphones to girl students in Class 10 and 12, as well as electric scooties to college-going females.