Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Akhilesh Yadav To Contest UP Assembly Elections, Say Sources

Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand will vote over seven phases starting February 10, with counting of votes scheduled for March 10.

Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Akhilesh Yadav To Contest UP Assembly Elections, Say Sources

Assembly Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Counting of votes will be held on March 10.

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Akhilesh Yadav, after much dilly-dallying, has likely decided to contest the Uttar Pradesh election, sources said today. He had earlier said he would not contest the polls and would prefer to focus on every seat in the state.

Akhilesh Yadav is the Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh in eastern Uttar Pradesh. His seat has not been decided yet, sources say.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav's sister-in-law Aparna Yadav joined the BJP today, in a blow to the Samajwadi Party just weeks before the Uttar Pradesh election.

Aparna Yadav is the wife of Akhilesh Yadav's brother and Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger son Pratik Yadav.

For the BJP, it is a big acquisition in UP after many of its backward caste leaders, including three state ministers, recently crossed over to the Samajwadi Party.

The speculation about his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav joining the rival party comes just days after the Yogi Adityanath government saw a series of big exits.

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).

Here are the LIVE Updates on Assembly Elections 2022:

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Jan 19, 2022 20:49 (IST)
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Jan 19, 2022 20:44 (IST)
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Jan 19, 2022 20:43 (IST)
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Jan 19, 2022 14:39 (IST)
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"I am very thankful to BJP. The nation always comes first for me. I admire PM Modi's work," said Aparna Yadav after she joined the party at BJP headquarters in Delhi ahead of state Assembly polls.

Jan 19, 2022 11:29 (IST)
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Jan 19, 2022 10:48 (IST)
Aparna Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav's Sister-In-Law, Joins BJP
Akhilesh Yadav's sister-in-law Aparna Yadav joined the BJP today, in a blow to the Samajwadi Party just weeks before the Uttar Pradesh election.

Aparna Yadav is the wife of Akhilesh Yadav's brother and Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger son Pratik Yadav.

For the BJP, it is a big acquisition in UP after many of its backward caste leaders, including three state ministers, recently crossed over to the Samajwadi Party.

The speculation about his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav joining the rival party comes just days after the Yogi Adityanath government saw a series of big exits.
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According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join this meeting virtually and the members of CEC whose COVID reports are positive will also join the meeting virtually.

After several rounds of meetings, BJP had finalized the names of the candidates for the third, fourth, and fifth phases, as well as the seat-sharing formula in the alliance, which has also been finalized but the final decision will be taken today in the election committee meeting.

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Jan 19, 2022 09:26 (IST)
Akhilesh Yadav Will Contest UP Polls, His First State Battle: Sources
Akhilesh Yadav, after much dilly-dallying, has decided to contest the Uttar Pradesh election, sources said today. He had earlier said he would not contest the polls and would prefer to focus on every seat in the state.

Akhilesh Yadav is the Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh in eastern Uttar Pradesh and has never contest a state election. His seat has not been decided yet, sources say.

Sources said the pressure was on the Samajwadi Party chief and former Chief Minister after the BJP's Yogi Adityanath, the incumbent Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, decided to contest the state polls for the first time.
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Mulayam Singh Yadav's Daughter-In-Law To Join BJP Today, Claims Leader
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In what is being seen as a tit-for-tat move after last week's setback to the ruling party with the exit of three UP ministers and several MLAs to join forces with Akhilesh Yadav, Haryana BJP in-charge Arun Yadav on Tuesday night tweeted in Hindi: "Aparna Yadav, the wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger son Pratik will join BJP tomorrow in the presence of Yogi Adityanath at 10 am."
Jan 19, 2022 09:00 (IST)
Congress Sacks Senior Manipur Leader Before Polls For Anti-Party Activities
Nearly a month before the state polls, Congress has sacked its senior leader in Manipur - Khumukcham Joykisan Singh. The 55-year-old leader is the MLA from Thangmeiband in West Imphal.

He has been suspended for anti-party activities. Before joining the Congress, Mr Singh was with the BJP.

The northeastern state votes for the 60-member state assembly on February 27 and the counting of votes will be done on March 10.

The BJP is fighting to retain the state for a second term.

In the last assembly election, Congress had emerged as the single-largest party with 28 seats.
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