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Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: 5 States To Vote From Feb 10, Counting On March 10

Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: 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).

Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: 5 States To Vote From Feb 10, Counting On March 10

Assembly Election: Polls in all 5 states will be held amid a massive surge in Covid cases (File)

New Delhi:

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

Uttar Pradesh will vote in each of the seven phases - on February 10, February 14, February 20, February 23, February 27, March 3, and March 7.

Punjab, Goa, and Uttarakhand will vote on February 14.

Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 March 3.

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).

The holding of timely election is the "essence of maintaining democratic governance," the Election Commission said Saturday, clarifying its decision to go ahead with elections in five states amid a sweeping third wave of Covid driven by the Omicron variant.

The Commission said it had decided to go ahead with the polls after detailed discussions with the Union Health Secretary and Home Secretary, experts, and health secretaries of the concerned states.

To ensure safety, the Commission barred physical rallies and meetings till January 15, saying a review will be taken after that since the "ground situation is dynamic".

Elections in all five states will be held amid a massive surge in Covid cases across the country fuelled in part by the Omicron variant - this morning the Union Health Ministry reported over 1.59 lakh new infections in the last 24 hours.

Concern over the virus spreading further increased after political parties held mega rallies in poll-bound states. These rallies are attended by thousands (many without face masks) and social distancing is entirely absent for such events, which are understandably difficult to control.

Here are the Highlights on Assembly Election 2022:

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Jan 09, 2022 22:11 (IST)
Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Sidhu Launches Digital Campaign For Assembly Polls
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday launched his party's digital campaign for the Assembly polls, a day after the Election Commission declared the schedule for it and banned public rallies till January 15 amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Mr Sidhu said his party has already been emphasising on the importance of digitisation and maintaining a virtual interaction with the electorate, and asserted that the Punjab Congress has the highest digital footprint amongst the political parties.
Jan 09, 2022 20:53 (IST)
BJP Leader Gajanan Tilve Joins Congress Ahead Of Goa Assembly Polls
BJP's national executive member of Yuva Morcha, Gajanan Tilve, from Shivoli in Panaji on Sunday joined Congress and alleged that the saffron party has no principles and its motive is to wrest power by going to any extend.

Leader of Opposition, Digamabar Kamat, Goa-In Charge Dinesh Gundu Rao, Youth Congress President Adv. Varad Mardolkar, Akhilesh Yadav, Archit Naik, Saish Saroskar, Himanshu Tivrekar and others were present on the occasion.

Besides, Sanket Parsekar, Vinay Vaingankar, Om Chodankar, Amit Naik, Zeon Dias, Basil Braganza, Nilesh Dhargalkar, Pratik Naik and Nilkanth Naik have also joined Congress.
Jan 09, 2022 19:49 (IST)
Goa Assembly Election 2022: Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar Quits, To Join Congress Ahead Of Goa Polls
Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar on Sunday resigned as a member of the Goa Legislative Assembly, a month ahead of the elections.

He is set to join Congress. The Sanguem MLA submitted his resignation to the Goa Assembly Speaker.

With his resignation, the strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 33.

Jan 09, 2022 18:03 (IST)
Punjab Election 2022: Campaigning Through Digital Mode First Step Towards New Digital Punjab, Says Congress
Punjab Congress on Sunday hailed the decision by the Election Commission to encourage digital campaigns in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country and upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Uttar Pradesh, reported ANI.

President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Navjot Singh Sidhu in a press release today stated, "Today, we kickstart the digital campaign as per the Election Commission guidelines and spoke about unveiling an agenda of Governance reforms primarily through digitisation and making a 'Digital Punjab'."

Jan 09, 2022 16:55 (IST)
Punjab Election 2022: Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer Tests Positive For COVID-19
Ahead of assembly polls in Punjab, the state's Chief Electoral Officer Dr. S Karuna Raju on Sunday confirmed that he has been tested positive for COVID-19, reported ANI.

Punjab will go for polls in 117 Legislative constituencies on February 14 in a single phase.

The news of him getting infected with the virus came just a day after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the Assembly Election in five states, including Punjab.

Jan 09, 2022 15:54 (IST)
UP Assembly Election 2022: BJP MP Varun Gandhi Tests Positive, Says "Fairly Strong Symptoms"
BJP MP Varun Gandhi today tweeted to say that he has tested positive for coronavirus with "fairly strong symptoms". The BJP leader said that he contracted the infection during a visit to Pilibhit, his Lok Sabha constituency, as he appealed to the Election Commission to extend precautionary doses to candidates and political workers involved in the assembly elections that will be held in five states next month.

"After being in Pilibhit for 3 days, I have tested positive for COVID with fairly strong symptoms. We are now in the middle of a third wave and an election campaign. The Election Commission should extend precautionary doses to candidates and political workers as well," Mr Gandhi tweeted.

Jan 09, 2022 15:14 (IST)
Karnataka Congress Holds Planned Footmarch Despite Covid Restrictions
The Congress in Karnataka on Sunday began its 10 days 'padayatra' (march), demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river, despite the government's COVID-19 restrictions.

Led by Congress' state president D K Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Siddaramaiah, the padayatra with the theme 'Namma Neeru Namma Hakku' (Our water, Our right) began at the Sangama, the confluence of Cauvery and Arkavathi rivers in Kanakapura here, which will be spanning a distance of over 100 km.

Jan 09, 2022 14:49 (IST)
Don't Indulge In Hate Speeches: Election Commission To Political Parties
The Election Commission on Saturday cautioned political parties over hate speeches and said it is closely monitoring social media posts to ensure clean assembly polls in five states.

Political parties and their candidates must ensure that their supporters do not indulge in hate speeches and fake news, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said during a press conference to announce the election schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

Jan 09, 2022 14:23 (IST)
Assembly Election 2022: At Least One Polling Station In Each Constituency To Be Managed By Women: Poll Panel
At least one polling station managed exclusively by women will be set up in every assembly constituency to the extent possible in the five states for which elections were announced on Saturday.

The Election Commission said as part of its firm commitment towards gender equality and greater constructive participation of women in the electoral process, it has directed that, to the extent possible, at least one polling station managed exclusively by women will be set up in every assembly constituency in Goa, Manipur, Punjab Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

In such polling stations, all election staff, including police and security personnel, will be women.

Jan 09, 2022 13:57 (IST)
Goa Election 2022: Aam Aadmi Party Releases Second List Of Candidates For Goa Assembly Elections
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today released its second list of candidates for Goa Assembly polls scheduled for February this year.

"Today @AAPGoa releases its second list of candidates. We are committed to bring in good governance and work for the people of Goa," said a tweet from Rahul Mhambre, Convener, AAP Goa
Jan 09, 2022 13:24 (IST)
BJP Will Lose UP Polls If It Does Not Misuse Government Machinery: Mayawati
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday claimed that incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will lose upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls if they contest the elections without misusing government machinery or manipulating voting machinery.

"Fear of the Election Commission is necessary in the government machinery. EC must ensure free and fair elections...BJP will lose this election if they will not misuse government machinery and not manipulate the voting machines," said Mayawati while addressing a press conference today.

Jan 09, 2022 12:44 (IST)
Check Violation Of Poll Code By Ruling Party: Mayawati To Election Commission
BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday welcomed the announcement of dates for the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and four other states but urged the Election Commission to check the "tendency" in the ruling BJP of "violating" the model code of conduct.

The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be held between February 10 and March 7 in seven phases, the schedule for which was announced by the Election Commission on Saturday.

In a series of tweets in Hindi, the BSP president welcomed the announcement and expressed faith that the poll panel will ensure smooth, free and fair elections.

However, she called for steps to check the "tendency" in the ruling party to "violate" the model code of conduct.

Jan 09, 2022 12:43 (IST)
Congress Cancels Election Rallies Amid Spike In Covid Cases
Congress leader and Uttar Pradesh party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday said that Congress has cancelled its election rallies due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Taking a dig at the BJP, Priyanka Gandhi said that development in a state cannot happen by inaugurating airports before elections. "Unemployed youth, farmers, women, poor are all troubled. Development did not reach up to them."