Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, former UP CM Kalyan Singh's grandson Sandeep Singh has filed nomination on January 19, from 73 Atrauli constituency and claimed that BJP will get a majority of 300 seats. "'Babuji' (former CM Kalyan Singh) isn't here today but I'll serve as he guided," Sandeep said to reporters. Sandeep Singh is also the Minister of State for Education. UP elections are scheduled from February 10.
Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls, Samajwadi Party's former chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, joined the BJP on January 19. Aparna will contest in elections from Lucknow, said sources. Notably, Aparna contested the 2017 UP election on an SP ticket from Lucknow but was defeated by a BJP candidate. However, she donated Rs 11 lakh for the construction of Ram Mandir and runs an organization named 'BAware'.
Ahead of the UP elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually interact with BJP workers in Varanasi, on January 18 at 11 am. After the announcement of the election, this will be the PM's first political interaction. Meanwhile, all the physical rallies have been suspended till January 22, due to Covid-19. The PM will give victory mantra to workers and ask them to inform people about welfare schemes, sources said.
Ahead of the UP Assembly elections, CM Yogi Adityanath addressed media On January 17, and alleged the SP of taking "money under table". He said, the SP is giving party tickets to criminals, avoiding the release of candidates list, ahead of the UP elections, scheduled from February 10. CM yogi also assured growth, justice and happiness of common people in UP, if BJP voted in power.
BJP National President JP Nadda is scheduled to hold party meetings in poll-bound states- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, on January 17. The meeting is likely to be held in New Delhi headquarters. Reportedly, UP, Punjab and Uttrakhand are set to contest the Assembly elections from February to March. Meanwhile, this will be first meeting of JP Nadda after his recovery from COVID-19.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a meeting on January 17, in Delhi to discuss the election strategy and the manifesto for the UP election. The meeting will be attended by CM Yogi Adityanath. The meeting comes two days after BJP released the list of candidates for the first and second phases. The discussion will also be held on the remaining eight candidates of the first and second phases.
BJP leader Anurag Thakur, criticised MLAs and leaders joining the Samajwadi Party. On January 16, while joining of Asim Arun into the BJP, Thakur said, "people joining SP do riots and people joining BJP catch rioters". The statement came over BJP MLAs's switching parties. He also welcomed IPS Officer Asim Arun and said, "BJP will move forward with his experience". Notably, UP elections are scheduled from February 10
On January 16, BJP's Uttarakhand core group is going to chair a meeting in Delhi. Union Minister Amit Shah, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, Madan Kaushik, Prahlad Joshi and RP Singh will be present in the meeting. Meanwhile, Dhami on January 15, said he will contest the election from the Khatima constituency. The CM stated that this time BJP will win 60 seats and given a slogan 'Abki Baar 60 Paar'.
Former BSP State Minister and MLA Ramveer Upadhyay on January 15, have joined the BJP in Agra "We will make the BJP retain power in the state," said MLA's son Chirag Upadhyay. In addition, first list has been released with 107 candidates, including 21 new candidates, 44 seats for OBC candidates, 10 seats for women and 19 seats for SC. Reportedly, the seven-phased UP elections are scheduled from February 10.
Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Akhilesh Yadav told that SP will not take any more BJP MLAs and ministers. The announcement came after many BJP leaders joined the party. BJP MLAs Bhagwati Sagar, Vinay Shakya, Roshan Lal Verma, Mukesh Verma and Brajesh Kumar Prajapati have already joined SP ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The elections will start from February 10 and go on till March 7.