Election 2022 highlights: Seizures cross 1,000 crore from poll-bound states, says EC

Updated on Feb 26, 2022 12:12 AM IST

Assembly Election 2022 highlights: With four phases of polling over, the political parties are trying to project favourable momentum.

Pic for representational purpose only
Pic for representational purpose only

The election campaign for the fifth phase of polling has ended as the silence period kicks off under the model code of conduct. The fifth phase of assembly elections are scheduled for 60 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats across 11 districts: Amethi, Ayodhya, Bahraich, Barabanki, Chitrakoot, Gonda, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Shrawasti and Sultanpur. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwadi Party, the perceived main challenger in the UP elections, continued their high-decibel campaign as both parties tussle to gain an advantage.

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  • Feb 25, 2022 06:55 PM IST

    Seizures cross 1,000 crore from poll-bound states, says Election Commission

    Election Commission says seizures cross 1,000 crore during ongoing polls in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur. As per the ECI data, the total seizure was 300 crore at the end of 2017 Assembly elections in these states

  • Feb 25, 2022 06:29 PM IST

    Campaigning for fifth phase of polling ends

    Campaigning for fifth phase of polling has ended in Uttar Pradesh. Voting will take place on Sunday

  • Feb 25, 2022 05:48 PM IST

    SP-backed Mafias  grabbed land worth 2,000 crore  in U.P, says Amit Shah

    "During Samajwadi Party government, mafias grabbed land worth 2,000 crore. The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh freed those properties and used them for public welfare schemes," union home minister Amit Shah said in Pratapgarh, U.P

  • Feb 25, 2022 05:05 PM IST

    Akhilesh leads roadshow in Ayodhya

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is leading a roadshow in Ayodhya, just an hour before campaigning for fifth phase of elections comes to an end. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 04:46 PM IST

    Akhilesh backed Nawab Malik who bought land from terrorists: Union minister Anurag Thakur

    “Samajwadi Party leaders are linked to terrorists. Akhilesh backed Nawab Malik who bought land from terrorists. The SP candidates list comprised those who are in jail or seeking bail. The party which couldn't reach 50 seats is talking about scoring a double ton this time,” Union minister Anurag Thakur said

  • Feb 25, 2022 03:50 PM IST

    Shah promises free gas cylinders on Holi & Diwali if BJP voted to power in U.P

    “Vote NDA to power in Uttar Pradesh, get free gas cylinders by Yogi government on Holi and Diwali,” says Home minister Amit Shah in Sirathu, Uttar Pradesh.

     

  • Feb 25, 2022 03:01 PM IST

    You vote with your eyes closed, choose wisely: Priyanka to voters

    “You (public) are responsible for your circumstances. You get astrayed & vote with your eyes closed. Your vote is a very big responsibilty, choose wisely as you may regret for the next 5 years. It's time for your development," says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi

  • Feb 25, 2022 02:53 PM IST

    Modi & his friends broke the backbone of employment sector, says Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi attacks Centre and Yogi government during a rally in Amethi." The backbone of India's employment sector has been broken by PM Narendra Modi and his friends. You'll see in the coming times, youth of this country won't get employment, teach them however much you want. No one listened to me during COVID, but you saw bodies in Ganga. When they (BJP) say nothing happened in our 70 years, they actually meant nothing happened for Ambani, Adani in these 70 years... remember, India's biggest billionaires do not give employment, small shopkeepers, traders, & farmers do,"

  • Feb 25, 2022 02:34 PM IST

    Right to speak if there are issues with EVM, says SP leader Dimple Yadav

    “If someone as doubts, do they not have the right to speak? It's democracy and if they think there are issues with the EVMs, they have every right to say it,” Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav on Prime Minister Modi's remark accusing SP of blaming EVMs on losing

  • Feb 25, 2022 12:50 PM IST

    Yogi concludes Sultanpur rally

    Yogi Adityanth said that those who “used to shoot at Ram bhakts (devotees) with a revolver in their pockets” are roaming around with the mace of Lord Hanuman.

    “If they will be badly defeated in this election, then the next time they will be seen in Ayodhya to do karseva with Ram devotees,” tweeted Adityanath after the Sultanpur rally.

  • Feb 25, 2022 11:30 AM IST

    Mayawati says issues dominating elections are 'good signs'

    Mayawati said that issues inflation, poverty, unemployment, migration are dominating the hearts and minds of people in the ongoing assembly elections, calling it a "good sign".

  • Feb 25, 2022 08:43 AM IST

    Yogi Adityanath offers prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya ahead of the fifth phase of polling. He also offered prayers to Ram Lalla at the Ram Janmabhoomi site. Ayodhya will go to the polls on February 27, for which the campaign will end today.

  • Feb 25, 2022 08:16 AM IST

    Aditya Thackeray calls UP govt ‘jumla sarkar’

    Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the Uttar Pradesh government, calling it a "jumla sarkar". Thackeray, who was on a campaign trail in Prayagraj for Sena candidates contesting UP assembly elections, said that people here want a change and they are supporting Shiv Sena this time.

    "I have come to see this confluence of Shiv Sena and UP. The government which is working on jumla needs to be defeated and embark on a new path. Whenever I meet people here, they always say that change will happen in the state," ANI quoted Thackeray as saying.

  • Feb 25, 2022 06:59 AM IST

    Akhilesh Yadav says BJP has gone 'cold and meek'

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the BJP has gone "cold and meek" since the time voting took place in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a rally in Prayagraj, Akhilesh Yadav assured that the Samajwadi Party will provide employment opportunities in the police department if voted to power.

    "Since the time voting took place during all these four phases, BJP has gone cold and meek. BJP is selling everything to the private sector so that they are not supposed to provide jobs but when Samajwadi Party's government will be formed, then we'll announce vacancies in police and provide employment," the SP chief said.

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Yogi Adityanath tells new ministers to make Uttar Pradesh No.1 state

Updated on Mar 26, 2022 01:49 AM IST

The Friday’s meeting of the new council of ministers would be followed by another on Saturday in which Yogi Adityanath is expected to announce the rollout of his party’s pre-poll commitments.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath chairing the first meeting of his new council of ministers. (ANI)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath chairing the first meeting of his new council of ministers. (ANI)

2024 Lok Sabha elections shape Yogi Adityanath’s new team as caste matrix, geographical spread play key role

Published on Mar 25, 2022 10:57 PM IST

While 20 ministers are OBCs, nine are dalits though care has been taken to ensure adequate representation to upper castes with 21 ministers hailing from this group in the second Yogi Adityanath government

The new ministers of the Yogi Adityanath government 2.0 on stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
The new ministers of the Yogi Adityanath government 2.0 on stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Yogi cabinet 2.0: Several key BJP faces dropped despite poll wins| Read more

Published on Mar 25, 2022 08:31 PM IST

Only 21 ministers have been brought in from the old cabinet. The remaining 31 include fresh faces such as former Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya and ex-Congress leader Jitin Prasada.

All the ministers in Adityanath’s new cabinet took oath after him at a mega ceremony at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.(PTI)
All the ministers in Adityanath’s new cabinet took oath after him at a mega ceremony at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.(PTI)

Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister for second term with 52-member team

Updated on Mar 25, 2022 08:06 PM IST

Keshav Prasad Maurya, Brajesh Pathak sworn in as deputy CMs. Twenty-one ministers retained, 22 dropped; 31 new faces, five women in Yogi Adityanath government 2.0

Yogi Adityanath at the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Yogi Adityanath at the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)

PM Modi congratulates Yogi Adityanath taking oath as UP CM

Published on Mar 25, 2022 07:15 PM IST

Modi, who attended the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow, took to Twitter to wish Adityanath and his cabinet for the new innings. “Heartiest congratulations to Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet for taking the oath. The development journey in the last five years has marked several important milestones,” he wrote.

The Prime Minister said under Adityanath's leadership, Uttar Pradesh will write another new chapter of progress by fulfilling the aspirations of people.(AP)
The Prime Minister said under Adityanath's leadership, Uttar Pradesh will write another new chapter of progress by fulfilling the aspirations of people.(AP)

UP: Brajesh Pathak sworn in as deputy CM, replaces Dinesh Sharma. Know about him

Updated on Mar 25, 2022 06:09 PM IST

Known as a prominent Brahmin leader, Brajesh Pathak joined the BJP in 2017 after quitting Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party. He won from Lucknow Cantt seat in both 2017 and 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Brajesh Pathak takes oath as the deputy chief minister in Uttar Pradesh government on Friday, March 25, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Brajesh Pathak takes oath as the deputy chief minister in Uttar Pradesh government on Friday, March 25, 2022. (ANI Photo)

Yogi's new UP cabinet has 50 ministers with 31 fresh faces: Full list here

Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:41 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath swearing-in: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brijesh Pathak were sworn in as the UP CM's deputies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and governor Anandiben Patel during the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and governor Anandiben Patel during the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow.(ANI)

UP: Many BJP leaders, seers of Sangam city to attend Yogi’s swearing-in

Published on Mar 24, 2022 11:57 PM IST

Several prominent people of Sangam city will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Yogi 2

The swearing-in of Yogi 2.0 government will take place at Ekana stadium in Lucknow on Friday (Deepak Gupta/HT)
The swearing-in of Yogi 2.0 government will take place at Ekana stadium in Lucknow on Friday (Deepak Gupta/HT)

Amit Shah says next five years will be devoted to making Uttar Pradesh the number one economy in India

Published on Mar 24, 2022 11:57 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh faced political instability in the past due to casteist, dynastic parties, says Union home minister Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah and chief minister Yogi Adityanath greeting each other at the Lucknow airport on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO)
Union home minister Amit Shah and chief minister Yogi Adityanath greeting each other at the Lucknow airport on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO)

Yogi government 2.0 swearing-in to be grand affair with lots of symbolism

Published on Mar 24, 2022 10:28 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leaders, including chief ministers from other states, and dignitaries from across different fields will attend the ceremony

An aerial view of the illuminated Atal Bihari Vajpayee stadium in Lucknow where the Yogi government 2.0 will take oath on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
An aerial view of the illuminated Atal Bihari Vajpayee stadium in Lucknow where the Yogi government 2.0 will take oath on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Yogi elected BJP legislature party leader, stakes claim on eve of swearing-in

Updated on Mar 25, 2022 01:56 AM IST

Yogi Adityanath praises PM Modi, Amit Shah for their leadership, says his government will have to set newer benchmarks

Yogi Adityanath calls on Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel after he was elected leader of the BJP legislative party. (HT Photo)
Yogi Adityanath calls on Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel after he was elected leader of the BJP legislative party. (HT Photo)

Yogi Adityanath visits Delhi for quick consultations ahead of swearing-in

Updated on Mar 23, 2022 10:15 PM IST

There is considerable interest on the names the BJP finalises for the post of deputy chief ministers as well as the speaker of the 18th Vidhan Sabha in Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath’s Delhi visit came ahead of Thursday’s legislative party meeting at Lok Bhavan, the chief minister’s secretariat, in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)
Yogi Adityanath’s Delhi visit came ahead of Thursday’s legislative party meeting at Lok Bhavan, the chief minister’s secretariat, in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)

BJP’s Ramapati Shastri appointed pro tem speaker of Uttar Pradesh assembly

Published on Mar 23, 2022 08:35 PM IST

Ramapati Shastri, the BJP MLA from Mankapur in Gonda district, will administer the oath to newly elected MLAs. He is an outgoing minister and eight- time MLA

Senior BJP leader Ramapati Shastri. (FILE PHOTO)
Senior BJP leader Ramapati Shastri. (FILE PHOTO)

Yogi govt 2.0 swearing-in: Prayers, LED screens, saffron hues to garnish occasion

Updated on Mar 21, 2022 10:02 PM IST

The BJP has sent out invites to its cadres, too. They are expected to attend the swearing-in from all the 27,700 shakti kendras (booth clusters)

The area around the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Lucknow being spruced up for the swearing-in ceremony of the Yogi government 2.0 (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
The area around the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Lucknow being spruced up for the swearing-in ceremony of the Yogi government 2.0 (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Akhilesh Yadav alleges irregularities in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls

Updated on Mar 21, 2022 08:52 PM IST

‘The Kashmir Files’ released to avoid debate on assembly election irregularities, says Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh where his party won all 10 seats

Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav at a public meeting during the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. (FILE PHOTO)
Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav at a public meeting during the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. (FILE PHOTO)
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