Here are latest updates on Uttar Pradesh Elections-related events:
PM Narendra Modi is addressing rally in Gonda
1:58 pm: Urge people of Uttar Pradesh to elect a BJP Government with full majority. We will ensure safety of people and security of the state, says PM Modi.
1:54 pm: PM Modi targets Akhilesh Yadav over law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh, says PM Modi.
1:48 pm: CM Akhilesh’s face says what has happened in four phases of polls, says PM Modi.
1:45 pm: Congress had left mere Rs 500 crore for ‘One rank one pension’, but actual need was Rs 12,000 crore. Till now, Rs 7,000 crore out of Rs 12,000 crore has been deposited in bank accounts of the soldiers, says PM Modi.
1:42 pm: Politicians of our country had cast aspersions over ‘surgical strike’. Even Pakistan did not ask such question, says PM Modi.
1:40 pm: Our armed forces did a commendable task. They destroyed terror camps across the border in the surgical strike. They’ve made nation proud, says PM Modi.
1:38 pm: Uttar Pradesh will celebrate Holi and BJP will form government, says PM Modi.
1:34 pm: Only 14 per cent of farmers have got crop insurance, says PM Modi.
1:30 pm: We trying to fulfill former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream, says PM Modi.
1:28 pm: “You went to Australia for higher studies. What will happen to poor students,” says PM Modi.
1:24 pm: PM Modi attacks Akhilesh Yadav, says corruption in education sector is hurting poor students and will destroy the future generation.
1:17 pm: Congress has been wiped out from Maharashtra.
1:16 pm: Odisha panchayat elections have showed that people are with BJP.
1:10 pm: Politicians sitting in air conditioned room in Delhi, won’t be able to comprehend the political ‘storm’ that is going on in Uttar Pradesh, says PM Modi.
1:08 pm: Common people of our country have ‘third eye’ like Lord Shiva and can differentiate good and bad, says PM Modi.
10:54 am: Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in Mahasi in Bahraich, Rudhauli in Basti and Balrampur today.
10:50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address an election rally in Gonda today.
High-decibel campaigning for the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 has begun. During this phase, 52 seats will go to polls on February 27. Political slugfest has already begun over BJP President Amit Shah’s controversial ‘KASAB’ remark. Shah was lambasted by Mayawati and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for his with the BSP supremo going to the extent of calling the BJP chief a “terrorist”. In a stinging retaliation to the BJP president’s remark made, Mayawati said there “cannot be a bigger Kasab” than Shah. Hitting out at Shah, Akhilesh said, “BJP people have lost the battle on the ground and so their language has changed.” Shah had used the acronym ‘KASAB’, saying ‘Ka’ (in Hindi) stands for Congress, ‘Sa’ for Samajwadi Party and ‘Ba’ for BSP. He had said that till KASAB is laid to rest, UP will not have development.
Meanwhile, the fourth phase of polling for 53 assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh had passed off amid stray incidents of violence, with an estimated over 61 per cent voter turnout. This phase of voting was crucial for the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party and main opposition BSP, both major contenders for power this time too, as they had won nearly 40 of these seats in the previous polls. 680 candidates, including 61 women, were in the fray for 53 seats. In the 2012 Assebmly polls, Samajwadi Party had won 24, BSP 15, Congress six, BJP five and others three seats.