69 Assembly seats spread over 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh that will go to polls in the third phase on February 19.
Here are all the live updates of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections phase 3 campaign”
07:35 pm: Stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will give employment for youth in the state, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that they will form government and those who don’t agree will have to believe after March 11.
5:25 pm: Lucknow mei jo hanthi baithe hain, woh baithe hain, aur jo khade hain wo khade hain; kaun badosa karega BSP ka?: CM Akhilesh Yadav
5:10 pm: BJP and BSP may enter into alliance after polls, says UP CM
5:03 pm: Poor law and order exists in every state where BJP is in power, says Akhilesh Yadav.
4:55 pm: Instead of ‘Mann ki Baat’ BJP should do ‘Kaam ki Baat’, he says.
4:50 pm: BJP should tell before the public what work it has done, says CM Akhilesh Yadav, at a rally.
2:52 pm: BJP has no morale right to ask for votes, she says.
2:30 pm: Due to its wrong policies, Congress had to lose power in Centre and in several states: Mayawati in Jhansi
2:21 pm: Wife of BJP leader Kuldeep Tomar succumbs to injuries at a hospital in Meerut. She was allegedly shot by Tomar.
2:19 pm: How can party which organise khaat Sabha win elections, says Rajnath Singh
2:16 pm: A leader was doing khaat sabha in UP. Khaats (beds) are only used to sleep. Rallies are organised in big grounds and auditoriums, says Rajnath Singh at a rally in Uttar Pradesh.
2:09 pm: Samajwadi Party candidate Rakesh Pratap Singh from SP threatening voters, says Aaj Tak report.
1:45 pm: Prominent among those whose prestige will be at stake is Nitin Agarwal, son of SP leader Naresh Agarwal, BSP turncoat Brijesh Pathak from Lucknow (Central) on BJP ticket andCongress turncoat Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Lucknow Cantt, who is pitted against Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna.
1:30 pm: SP leader Shivpal too is a key figure in this round. He is contesting from Jaswant Nagar seat.
1:15 pm: Congress leader P L Punia’s son Tanuj Punia is trying his luck from Jaidpur seat in Barabanki.
12:54 pm: There are 1.31 crore men, 1.10 crore women and 1,026 voters from the third gender who will exercise their franchise tomorrow.
12:30 pm: BJP leader Kuldeep Tomar allegedly shot his wife after a heated argument. Wife seriously injured, Tomar is on the run.
12:15 pm: The 12 districts which are going on polls are Farrukhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur.
11:45 am: Third phase of the state Assembly polls will be held tomorrow. Nearly 2.41 crore voters will decide the fate of 826 candidates.
11:20 am: BJP Tsunami will soon hit Uttar Pradesh, says Amit Shah at press conference in Gorakhpur.
10:59 am: Am confident that BJP will win 2/3rd majority in Uttar Pradesh: Amit Shah
10:54 am: Akhilesh Yadav has accepted his defeat. SP-Congress gathbandhan apavitra gathbandhan hai: Amit Shah in Gorakhpur
10:30 am: Hitting back at Union minister Smriti Irani over her barbs at Priyanka Gandhi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has claimed the latter’s campaign today has “electrified the atmosphere across Uttar Pradesh”.
10:15 am: Showing a unique determination for voting, a bride in Lucknow has decided to leave for husband’s home only after casting her vote on February 19.
9:45 am: The ruling SP has “unleashed jungle raj” in Uttar Pradesh and to avoid a “crushing defeat” in this Assembly polls it has formed an “opportunistic” alliance with the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati has alleged.
6:10 pm: “The result of Uttar Pradesh polls are most important for the Presidential election slated for July. The BJP wants to ensure that a person of RSS background enters the Rashtrapati Bhawan,” CPI National Secretary Atul Kumar Anjaan says.
5:50 pm: The CPI claims that the BJP is treating the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls as a do-or-die battle to ensure victory of its nominee in the upcoming Presidential election.
5:09 pm: Every youth of the state can become a leader and work for the development of Uttar Pradesh, she says.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 17, 2017
5:07 pm: PM ne kaha mujhe UP ne godh liya aur mein UP ka vikas karoonga. Kya UP ko vikas ke liye kisi ko godh lene ki zarurat hai?: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
5:06 pm: Demonetisation has caused problem for the people of the country, she says.
— NDTV (@ndtv) February 17, 2017
5:03 pm: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hits out at Narendra Modi
4:50 pm: Eminent lawyer and MP Ram Jethmalani today heaped praise on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Speaking to reporters he said, “I believe that Akhilesh is the best candidate available today. I work for him. I will work for him till the end. And At least the stupid actions of the father (Mulayam) have already been neutralised.”
4:05 pm: Priyanka Gandhi did not address the rally.
4:01 pm: Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance, if voted to power, will help youth to set up industries.
3:58 pm: You have snatched ‘Made in Raebareli’ just to take revenge, says Rahul Gandhi.
3:55 pm: PM Modi has not fulfilled any promise in Varanasi, says Rahul Gandhi.
3:51 pm: PM Modi has helped Vijay Mallya but abandoned poor, says Rahul Gandhi.
3:45 pm: Rahul Gandhi flays PM Modi, says he should think about the country.
3:42 pm: When I raised farmers’ issue to PM Modi, he kept mum, says Rahul Gandhi.
3:41 pm: Congress had taken out padyatra. During that we talked to farmers. All they want waiving off loan, reducing the price of electricity, says Rahul Gandhi.
Amit Shah is addressing a rally in Basti
3:29 pm: All cattle slaughter houses will be shut down once BJP is voted to power, says Amit Shah.
3:24 pm: Have you got laptops? Akhilesh Yadav government enquires about caste before providing laptops, says Amit Shah.
3:23 pm: Police was not ready to lodge FIR against Gayatri Prajapati. Supreme Court directed them to do so, says Amit Shah.
3:20 pm: One is causing annoyance to his mother and another is to his father. Both Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav can’t do any development in Uttar Pradesh.
Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Fatehpur
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— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 17, 2017
3:00 pm: L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have no role to play due to PM Modi, says Rahul Gandhi.
2:57 pm: Your money is in banks. PM Narendra Modi is using that to waive off a few families’ debt, says Rahul Gandhi.
2:40 pm: PM Narendra Modi came to power in 2014. Shows people Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge but after 2.5 years people came to know that Gabbar Singh has come, says Rahul Gandhi.
Samajwadi Party MP and wife of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Dimple Yadav is addressing a rally in Auraiya
2:15 pm: PM Modi does ‘Mann ki baat’ for hours but has failed to do ‘kaam ki baat’, says Dimple.
2:10 pm: He (PM Narendra Modi) says he will waive off farmers’ loan, where was he since last 3 years, he could have done that in 1st year itself, says Dimple Yadav.
2:05 pm: Demonetisation killed 1000s of people in the country. Mayawati made queues of stone elephants in Lucknow, BJP made entire country stand in queue. When SP government will come, will give free pressure cookers to women, says Dimple Yadav, wife of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.
BSP Chief Mayawati is addressing a rally in Fatehpur
2:05 pm: Our party doesn’t agree with the interference in Triple Talaq and Uniform Civil Code, says Mayawati.
2:00 pm: People are angry with PM Modi due to his wrong policies, in such situation BJP have not yet dared to project a CM face in UP, says Mayawati.
1:55 pm: The way Mulayam Yadav has insulted his brother Shivpal Yadav everywhere, Shivpal & his team will surely harm Akhilesh and his team, says Mayawati.
1:52 pm: People won’t bless BJP, no matter how much drama PM Modi does by calling himself an adopted son of UP: Mayawati.
1:50 pm: Our party doesn’t agree with the interference in Triple Talaq and Uniform Civil Code: BSP Chief Mayawati.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is addressing a rally
12:23 pm: Congress-Samjwadi Party alliance is between two youth leaders, Akhilesh Yadav says.
12:20 pm: Since Congress has joined hands with SP, Cycle is running at a great speed, Akhilesh says.
1:00 pm: Swati Singh, BJP candidate from Lucknow’s Sarojini Nagar Assembly seat, today approached Election Commission claiming threat to her life from SP candidate Anurag Yadav and his supporters.
12:55 pm: In a memorandum to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh and poll observer, Singh claimed that she has a threat to her life following the incidents of assault on BJP workers in Sarojini Nagar area.
12:50 pm: Prasad said the SP-Congress tie-up for the crucial Assembly polls was “an alliance of crime and anarchy of SP and corruption of Congress”.
12:47 pm: “A businessman is killed in Meerut and another businessman Sharvan Sahu is killed in Lucknow. In Sultanpur, SP MLA is named as accused in a rape and murder case,” Prasad said, alleging that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was protecting that accused legislator.
12:45 pm: “This is the condition of anarchy and paralysed law and order situation in the state. Dail 100 service of UP Police has failed in the state. After the model code of conduct for the Assembly election came into force, we thought that situation of law and order will improve, but ironically it is the worst now,” he said.
12:40 pm: BJP today said huge voter turnouts in the two phases of Uttar Pradesh election meant that the people of the state have rejected the ruling Samajwadi Party.
12:30 pm: “The turnout shows that people have rejected SP. BJP will form the next government and provide an atmosphere of peace, development and prosperity in the state,” senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
12:25 pm: Check out Rahul Gandhi’s tweet
Will campaign in Hathgaon,Rae Bareli &Maharajganj today. Wonderful to see the energy& enthusiasm of youngsters.This energy will transform UP
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 17, 2017
12:20 pm: Uttar Pradesh Minister for Religious Endowment Vijay Kumar Mishra today joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), alleging that the ruling Samajwadi Party was ‘anti-Brahmin’.
12:15 pm: “SP is anti-Brahmin. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is surrounded by sycophants,” he said while joining BSP in the presence of its national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra.
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Curtains will come down on the hectic campaign for the Phase 3 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 on Friday. 69 Assembly seats spread over 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh that will go to polls in the third phase on February 19. The districts are Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki and Sitapur. In the 2012 Assembly polls, SP had won 55 of these 69 seats, while BSP, BJP and Congress secured just 6, 5 and 2 respectively. One seat went to an Independent.
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Priyanaka Gandhi will attend a rally in the family pocket borough of Rae Bareli on Friday along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. This will be Priyanka’s first election rally of the ongoing polling season. It has been learned that Rahul will address two rallies in Rae Bareli town and Maharajganj in support of party candidate Aditi Singh. Priyanka will accompany Rahul to these rallies in Rae Bareli Assembly constituency, reports say. Notably, Congress President Sonia Gandhi represents Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha, while Rahul is MP from neighbouring Amethi. Sonia has stayed away from poll campaign so far. According to the report, she might address rallies in the constituency on February 18. Assembly constituencies under Amethi and Rae Bareli which will go to polls in the 4th and 5th phase of polling in the state on February 23 and 27. Alliance partners Congress and Samajwadi Party are fighting with each other on several Assembly seats where both parties have fielded their candidates.