Here are updates on all Uttar Pradesh phase 6 elections-related events:
9:20 PM: According to officials, Gayatri Prajapati planning to escape from India, airports and exit points on alert amid reports that rape accused UP Minister.
8:25 PM: BJP party president Amit Shah while addressing a press conference in Varanasi said, “Akhilesh sarkar ko 11 Mar se pehle G Prajapati ko arrest karna chahiye. Nahi karte toh BJP sarkar bante hi paatal se bhi dhoondh layegi.”
8: 10 PM: PM talked about Harvard (University) and hard work, we ask did he hardly did any work then tell: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav
7: 55 PM: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on Gayatri Prajapati’s case said, “Government will cooperate in every way, justice will be done”
7: 50 PM: None of the PM’s speech ends with the topic of women safety, we say PM to also look at the pain of daughter’s of Kutch(in Gujarat) : Akhilesh Yadav
7: 40 PM: Amit Shah on Prajapati surrender case said, “Shashan me rehne walo ki zimmedari hai gunehgaro ko pakadna,uski jageh lachaari ke saath UP CM kehte hai G Prajapati surrender karein-A Shah”
7: 30PM: The people of Uttar Pradesh in 5 stages have completed the task to make BJP government (in the state), in 6th and 7th stage, we will work to move towards achieving 2/3rd of majority: Amit Shah
5:05 PM: Preparations for voting in the sixth phase of UP elections 2017 underway in Gorakhpur.
2:15 PM: People will remember Lucknow-Ghazipur Purvanchal Expressway for 500 years like they could not forget Grand Trunk Road, says Akhilesh Yadav.
PM Narendra Modi addressing public meeting in Mirzapur
2:11 pm: We want to empower the agrarian community of the state, says PM Modi.
2:09 pm: BJP, if voted to power, will waive off the farmers’ loans, says PM Modi.
2:02 pm: Our aim is to double farmers income by 2022 when India celebrates her 75th year of independence, says PM Modi.
1:52 pm: Eminent Hindi Poet Ashok Chakradhar once said, there are four types of corruption- ‘Nazrana’, ‘shukrana’, ‘jabrana’ and ‘haqrana’.
1:48 PM: “Tourism hubs can be developed in Kashi. Youth will get jobs,” says PM Modi.
1:46 pm: There are four types of corruption prevalent in the state, says PM Modi.
1:44 pm: BSP leader took away stones for building statues but later when questioned, the leader shied away and said it came from Rajasthan, says PM Modi.
1:42 pm: There is no guarantee of jobs from honest in the state.
1:40 pm: I am asking you to wipe out the SP, Congress, BSP from the state, says PM Modi.
1:38 pm: “Who has destroyed the brass industry?” asks PM Modi.
1:36 pm: UP elections are about giving opportunities to the state’s youth, ensuring safety of people, all round progress of poor, says PM Modi.
1:34 pm: “When Mulayam ji was the CM of UP, he promised opening up of two new bridges, but why is it that they aren’t made yet,” says PM Modi.
1:33 pm: During the ‘khaat sabha’, Rahul Gandhi came in contact with an electrical wire and said, don’t worry there is no electricity in the wires of Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi claims.
1:32 pm: PM Modi takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s ‘khaat sabha’.
1:30 pm: This election is to celebrate the ‘mukti’ from SP, Congress and BSP.
1:28 pm: This election will decide the future of Uttar Pradesh, says PM Modi
1:24 pm: Everyone is saying UP assembly elections is a celebration, says PM Modi.
Akhilesh Yadav attacks PM Modi
1:00 pm: BJP leaders should read Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Nationalism’ to acquire knowledge.
12:44 pm: “Our Samajwadi schemes have benefited the people of Uttar Pradesh, and people want to give us a chance,” says Akhilesh Yadav.
12:43 pm: “Modiji asked, When can I ride the metro rail?. I said as soon as you give it the no objection certificate,” says Akhilesh Yadav.
7:55 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur.
The campaign has begun for the 7th and final phase of Uttar Pradesh 2017. 40 Assembly constituencies will go to polls on March 8. Meanwhile, Bitter poll campaign with sharp attacks and counter-attacks came to a close this evening for the 49 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats, the voting for which is to be held on March 4 with SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency being in focus. Assembly segments of Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency of firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, and Mau, where jailed gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari is in fray, also figure in this sixth and penultimate phase of polling. The campaigning saw BJP state president KP Maurya likening rivals SP, Congress and BSP to different types of venomous “snakes” and “social cancer” and urging people to eliminate them by voting for the BJP. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav countered BJP saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conceded defeat in the polls by talking about a hung house. While mustering votes for BJP, Modi sought to prove wrong the prophets of doom after demonetisation saying the latest GDP data showed note-ban did not affect growth rate but rather improved it.
Mocking economists, he said, “Hardwork, in fact, is much more powerful than Harvard.” Sounding highly optimistic of the poll outcome for BJP, Modi said the debate now is whether BJP will get two-third or three-fourth majority. “Never have elections gone one way like this… there had been no dearth in enthusiasm of voters in all five phases,” he said. The PM also caught UP Chief Minister on the wrong foot and cited government website to nail him. “Life in Uttar Pradesh is short and uncertain… Uttar Pradesh resembles Saharan Africa,” Modi said quoting a para from the state government’s official website up.gov.in. Modi also ridiculed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his latest “coconut juice” remark. “There is a Congress leader, and I want to pray for his long life… he recently went to Manipur to address an election rally. There he told farmers that he would extract juice from coconuts and send it to London. In fact, a coconut possesses water (and not juice) and it is grown in Kerala,” he said. “It is like setting up a potato factory,” Modi said referring to Rahul’s earlier remarks that he wants to set up potato factories in Uttar Pradesh.