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Election Commission To Decide Today if Ban On Poll Rallies Will Last

A former Uttar Pradesh minister and OBC leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh

Saini – who quit in the last week, from the Yogi Adityanath government as well as of the

ruling BJP just weeks before Assembly elections – on Friday joined with the Samajwadi

Party in the presence of the leader of the opposition Akhilesh Yadav.

The Samajwadi Party were MLAs Vinay Shakya and Bhagwati Sagar.

On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh MLA Chaudhary Amar Singh of the Apna Dal resigned from the

BJP-led alliance only weeks before the elections – this is the 11th resignation from chief

minister Yogi Adityanath in just three days.

Akhilesh Yadav, the leading candidate in UP, has gained.

Seven more BJP MLAs and an MLA from Apna Dal, an alliance partner of the BJP, have also

left the party within the last three days.

Congress has announced the mother of the 2017 Unnao victim of rape as a candidate for

the upcoming assembly elections within Uttar Pradesh. Asha Singh, the Unnao victim’s

mother, was on the list announced by the party on Friday.

“Our list sends a new message that if you have been a victim of harassment and torture,

the Congress will support you,” declared Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in announcing the list.

Tomorrow, this afternoon, the Election Commission will also decide whether the current ban

on rallies will be extended.

Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand will go to the polls in seven phases

beginning February 10, and the count of votes set for March 10. Voting in all five states will

be conducted amid a significant increase in Covid cases.

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