The Aam Aadmi Party will announce its chief ministerial face for Punjab today where elections have been deferred from the scheduled February 14 to February 20 on the request by political parties in view of the Ravidas Jayanti. The Congress, meanwhile, posted a video on Twitter yesterday in which actor-philanthropist Sonu Sood says that a people want “a person from humble origins” as the CM. While the far-sighted indication goes towards Channi, a Dalit face, the video also points out Congress’ snub to PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu who has been vying for the CM post since long.
Meanwhile, the SP-RLD alliance is also expected to announce more candidates for the first phase of UP elections which will be held on February 14. The BJP leadership met on Monday to decide on the candidates for the fourth and fifth phase of the elections.
Union Ministers Amit Shah, Dharmendra Pradhan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP national president JP Nadda & other BJP leaders arrive for BJP core committee meeting at party headquarters in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/vtEFzsYCza— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Congress releases the third list of candidates for the upcoming #GoaElections2022— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Michael Lobo, former state minister who recently quit BJP to join the party, will contest from Calangute. pic.twitter.com/QGs2zZnVpj
Have to deal with several problems in Punjab. Focus will be on providing jobs to youth. 'Mafia raj' will be abolished. I belong to a middle-class family, never thought of reaching here. Will win seats by 2/3 margin: Bhagwant Mann, AAP's CM candidate for #PunjabAssemblypolls2022 pic.twitter.com/0IeFRP8AWj— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
He (Congress leader Harish Rawat) is my elder brother. I can apologise to him a hundred times. I want development of Uttarakhand: expelled Uttarakhand BJP Minister Harak Singh Rawat https://t.co/LgsufDgMyv pic.twitter.com/dqshFaZa1S— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Raid is being conducted (on the premises of his relative). They're targetting me & trying to put pressure on me in view of upcoming Assembly polls. This is not good for democracy. We're ready to fight this. The same thing happened during WB elections: Punjab CM Charanjit S Channi pic.twitter.com/HlAyUjlNHC— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
Bhagwant Mann will be AAP's CM face for Punjab Assembly elections, announces Arvind Kejriwal.
Mohali, Punjab | It's very sad to know that raid is being conducted on the premises of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi's relative in connection with a case of illegal sand mining. Punjab CM & his relatives are involved in illegal sand mining: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/OhdQYA8OSn— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
"We need to give a push to natural farming. Farmers should be encouraged for chemical-free farming. We should connect everyone in celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav," PM Narendra Modi said while interacting with BJP party workers in Varanasi, his home turf, via Namo app pic.twitter.com/lVsUH6bnES— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2022
The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday morning conducted raids at the residence of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey in illegal sand mining case.
Eyeing a second straight term in Manipur, the BJP is likely to get into an alliance with the Naga People’s Front and may ditch Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party, News18 quoted sources as saying. However, there has been no specific talk on seat-sharing between the BJP and NPF so far. Read More
With the BJP deciding to field UP CM Yogi Adityanath from his home turf Gorakhpur (Urban) assembly seat in the February polls, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday sought to woo the sitting BJP MLA Radha Mohan Aggarwal, offering him his party ticket for the seat. Asked about BJP’s Gorakhpur (Urban) MLA Aggarwal, the Samajwadi Party chief told reporters, “If you (reporters) can establish contact with him and speak to him, the ticket will be announced and he will get the ticket.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the BJP workers in his home turf Varanasi via video conferencing today. More than 10 thousand workers will join PM in his first virtual interaction ahead of UP polls. In Kashi, party workers across all booths from top leaders to booth level workers will join the event through NAMO app.