Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur today ahead of third phase assembly elections in the state. Addressing an election rally in Sitapur yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said people want to return to power those who brought rule of law in Uttar Pradesh, and asserted that having a BJP government meant keeping rioters and "mafia raj" under control.
BJP government meant keeping rioters and "mafia raj" under control.
Congress in charge of Uttar Pradesh elections Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will campaign in Pathankot and Ludhiana in Punjab today.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address Nukkad Sabha in Punjab today as the state goes to polls on Sunday.
- A total of 690 Assembly constituencies will vote over the next two months, with the maximum in UP (403 seats) followed by Punjab (117), Uttarakhand (70), Manipur (60) and Goa (40).
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah will spend Friday in Lakhimpuri Kheri’s Mohammadi town to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from the seat. Besides, UP deputy CM Dinesh Sharma will address two public meetings in Lakhimpur Kheri, Muda Sarawan and Singhahi.
- Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi has courted controversy during a poll rally by asking people not to let the ‘bhaiyas’ of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi enter the state, a remark apparently aimed at AAP leaders. Following a reported remark by Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal related to the safety of Hindus and businessmen in Punjab, state CM Charanjit Singh Channi said that all people are safe under his government and no such communal forces would succeed.Channi took his official Twitter account and said, "Punjab belongs to all religions and castes. My government will provide a safe and stable environment with peace and harmony for all. Punjabis will not let such communal forces succeed. B-team came openly in the field."
- Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is perturbed that the Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Singh Baghel is being fielded against him in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.His remarks came after Baghel's convoy was attacked with stones and sticks in the Mainpuri district of the state.
While addressing a rally in Punjab’s Pathankot ahead of the February 20 Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, alleging that they are “partners in crime”. “One party has pushed Punjab’s youth into drugs, the other has pushed Delhi into liquor…Despite being two sides of the same coin, both these parties are doing WWF in Punjab. In Delhi, AAP only could form the government with the Congress’s support. If Congress is original, this other party is its photocopy,” Modi said. He added that both the parties had opposed the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and have questioned the capabilities of our soldiers. He stated that Congress had raised doubts over the army’s capabilities during the Pulwama attack, so voters must decide if they “trust the security of a border state like Punjab in such people’s hands.” He added, “Wherever BJP develops a firm foot in a state, people running the governments through remote-control from Delhi get washed out from that state.” The PM urged voters in Punjab to allow him and the BJP party to serve the state, saying that BJP has ensured peace and development in the state at the cost of the party.