The BJP will contest 65 seats in next month’s Punjab elections while former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s new party Punjab Lok Congress has got 37 and their third alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (Samyukt) getting 15.
The seat-sharing pact was announced at a news conference in Delhi by Captain Singh and BJP chief JP Nadda and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.
Praising Punjab as a “leader”, especially in defence and food security of the country, Mr Nadda said, “Today Punjab needs special attention, it needs a double engine government and a better coordination between the centre and the state.”
Captain Singh on Sunday had announced his party’s first list of candidates from 22 constituencies for the February 20 state elections to the 117-member assembly, with ex-captain of Indian hockey team Ajit Pal Singh among the prominent names.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said surveys favouring the BJP in Uttar Pradesh ahead of elections next month were “opium polls, not opinion polls”. He also called UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath the “biggest liar”.
“These are not opinion polls. These are opium polls. We don’t know in what drugged state they are showing such figures and data,” Akhilesh Yadav told NDTV in an exclusive interview, defending his demand for a ban on the opinion polls shown on some TV channels in the run-up to the UP polls next month.
Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand will vote over seven phases starting February 10, with counting of votes scheduled for March 10.
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).
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The Congress on Monday released its second list of 11 candidates for Uttarakhand assembly elections and fielded former chief minister Harish Rawat from the Ramnagar constituency.
Harish Rawat, who is the party’s campaign head in the state, had unsuccessfully contested from the Haridwar-Rural and Kichcha assembly seats in the 2017 polls.
The Congress also fielded Anukriti Gusain Rawat from the Lansdowne assembly seat. She is the daughter-in-law of Harak Singh Rawat, who returned to the Congress fold from the BJP on Friday.
The party has so far not decided on the candidature of Harak Singh Rawat and is yet to announce candidates for six more seats.
Ahead of Assembly polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned to convene 10 meetings at every booth in Uttarakhand.
As per sources in the party, in these meetings, the progress of the party will be discussed. The party has set the target of 10 meetings per booth so that the preparation of every booth till the date of elections and proper coordination with the voters of that booth can be made.
Uttarakhand has more than 10,000 booths.
The BJP candidates in the state have been asked to work in coordination with the booth president and ‘panna pramukh’.
A ‘panna pramukh’ or person in-charge of a page of voters’ list is the first point of contact for voters in the BJP’s machinery of election management.
The candidates have also been asked to take the benefits of schemes of the State and the Centre to the common people.
The party has so far announced the names of 59 candidates, while 11 names are yet to be announced.
The party has already made its preparations to hold virtual rallies amid COVID-19 restrictions, under which the party has planned to deploy an IT expert in every assembly.