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Highlights: BJP fields Jagmohan Singh Raju against Cong's Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East

  • Assembly Election 2022 Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur will vote over seven phases.
Assembly elections are scheduled in five states in February-March.(Photo: Mint/HT Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 10:09 PM IST

Defection politics has intensified in Uttar Pradesh as the state votes in days for the seven-phase assembly elections. While three ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government recently switched over to the Samajwadi Party, Congress leader RPN Singh, a former Union minister in the UPA government, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid attempts to mobilise non-Yadav votes.

On Wednesday, Union home minister Amit Shah said during a meeting with Jat leaders that doors of the BJP are always open for Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary. The RLD chief rebuffed the invitation saying the party should invite the kin of those 700 farmers' whose houses were destroyed during the months-long protest.

"Don't give this invitation to me. Give it to all those 700 farmers' families whose houses you have destroyed," RLD chief tweeted.

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Meanwhile, a four-member Trinamool Congress delegation will visit the Election Commission of India (ECI) today to discuss key issues related to the assembly elections in Goa, the party said on Wednesday. The delegation will comprise of Lok Sabha members Saugata Roy and Aparupa Poddar, and Rajya Sabha members Santanu Sen and Abir Ranjan Biswas.

Goa will go to the polls on February 14 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:08 PM

    BJP fields IAS officer Jagmohan Singh Raju against Cong's Sidhu from Amritsar East ahead of Punjab polls

    BJP releases third list of candidates for Punjab polls, fields IAS officer Jagmohan Singh Raju against Congress Punjab unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 06:45 PM

    ‘Will declare Congress chief minister face: Rahul Gandhi in Jalandhar

    After Sidhu, CM Channi raise demand , Rahul Gandhi announced that Congress party will declare its chief minister face for the Punjab polls.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 06:44 PM

    ‘Punjab Congress will stand united': Channi in Jalandhar

    “There is no fight between us. Announce chief minister face for Punjab polls, we (Punjab Congress) will stand united," Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi also said at the rally. 

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 06:31 PM

    Channi also Rahul Gandhi to announce CM

    Chief minister Channi too request Rahul Gandhi to announce chief minister face for the polls in Punjab. 

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 06:25 PM

    Don't ‘make me a showpiece': Sidhu to Rahul Gandhi

    Speaking in the rally, Navjot Sidhu also asked Rahul to give him power to take the decisions and would not make him a showpiece.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 06:16 PM

    Sidhu asks Rahul Gandhi to declare CM for polls

    In a rally in Jalandhar, Navjot Singh Sidhu asks Rahul Gandhi to declare the chief minister face for the polls. 

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 05:43 PM

    UP elections: Amit Shah holds door-to-door campaign in Dadri

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 05:20 PM

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visits Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visits Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar ahead of Punjab polls. 

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:25 PM

     Goa elections: TMC delegation meets Election Commission

    A Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation met the Election Commission (EC) in Delhi regarding the upcoming Goa assembly polls.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 02:46 PM

    Five Congress MPs, including Manish Tewari, Amarinder Singh's wife Preneet Kaur, boycott Rahul Gandhi rally

    Five Congress MPs, including Manish Tewari and Amarinder Singh's wife Preneet Kaur, boycott Rahul Gandhi rally in Punjab ahead of state elections. 

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 02:36 PM

    Cong leader Rahul Gandhi to address virtual rally

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Golden Temple here ahead of his virtually rally in Jalandhar on Thursday.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 01:08 PM

    Rahul Gandhi visits Golden Temple in poll-bound Punjab

    Image courtesy: HT Photo

    Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is visitng Golden Temple in Punjab today. He is accompanied by Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 12:20 PM

    Amit Shah offers prayers at Bankey Behari Temple in Vrindavan

    Image courtesy: HT Photo

    BJP's Amit Shah on Thursday offered prayers at Bankey Behari Temple in Vridavan, Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh.  Sri Krishna janambhoomi has been raked as issue by BJP leaders in past including deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya. 

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 11:43 AM

    Congress changes Harish Rawat's seat to Lalkuwa

    Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Singh Rawat will contest the February 14 Assembly election from Lalkuwa, instead of Ramnagar.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:46 AM

    Ex-Uttarakhand Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay joins BJP

    "I have joined BJP with the spirit of taking Uttarakhand forward. You should ask Congress why such a situation has risen," said Upadhyay.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:23 AM

    Akhilesh Yadav slams UP govt over 'half income, double inflation'

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over a range of issues, terming the current phase as "half income, double inflation". In an open letter addressed to the public, the SP chief pledged to fulfill all poll promises including 300 units of free electricity per household, free irrigation, MSP for all crops, and guaranteed payment to sugarcane farmers within 15 days, among others.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:36 AM

    Congress expels ex-state unit chief Kishore Upadhyay

    Congress on Wednesday expelled Kishore Upadhyay, the former state unit chief of Uttarakhand, from the party for six years for indulging in “anti-party activities”.

  • Thu, 27 Jan 2022 07:58 AM

    Rahul Gandhi on day-long visit to poll-bound Punjab

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be on a day-long visit to poll-bound Punjab. He will visit religious places along with 117 candidates in an apparent show of strength ahead of Assembly elections.

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