New Delhi: As the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday announced the dates for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand, political reactions started flooding in with politicians from all parties welcoming the Election Commission’s decision.
The BJP is in power in four of the five poll-bound states, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, while in Punjab it is fighting in an alliance with former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and an Akali faction to take on the ruling Congress, AAP and SAD-BSP.
With the Election Commission’s announcement on the seven-phase election to Uttar Pradesh Assembly from February 10 to March 7, the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has welcomed the announcement of dates for the state elections.
Following the announcement of dates for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2022, Yogi Adityanath has said that BJP will again form the government with an “overwhelming majority” in the state.
Welcoming the announcement of the dates for the UP polls, Adityanath in a tweet message said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party will again form a government with a thumping majority in the state with the blessings of the Janata Janardan on the basis of the achievements of the double engine government.”
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “People in Uttar Pradesh are set to bid farewell to the BJP government. These dates will mark a huge change in the state. Rules will be followed by Samajwadi Party, but the Election Commission should make sure the ruling party follows these guidelines.”
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal also announced that the part is all set to give a tough fight to other political parties this election season. Tweeting about the same, Kejriwal wrote:
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia also shared his reaction on Twitter and said, “I congratulate party workers of AAP in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand on the announcement of election dates. After Delhi, AAP will now contest elections in these three states on Arvind Kejriwal’s model for schools and hospitals.”
Not only AAP, but the voters of poll-bound states were waiting for a long time to give a chance to Kejriwal’s governance and remove the existing betraying governments. February 14 has historically been lucky for AAP anyway, added Sisodia.
Reacting to the announcement of election dates in the five states,Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “I am sure that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people will again give a chance BJP to serve them. I appeal to all the party workers to take our achievements to the public with full dedication.”
On the announcement of the Assembly polls schedule, BJP president JP Nadda said, “BJP will again receive the blessings of the people in the upcoming Assembly elections. BJP will come back to power with an overwhelming majority.”
Soon after the dates were announced, Union minister and Punjab BJP in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also said that BJP is fully prepared for the polls, as per the dates announced by the Election Commission. He further added, “I’d like to appeal to the Election Commission, as well as the Punjab DGP, to ensure a free and fair election, as per EC’s guidelines.”
Soon after the Election Commission announced the dates of the upcoming assembly polls, former Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh said that the upcoming polls will decide the future of Punjab and urged people to participate “in the carnival of democracy” with full spirit while observing all COVID related protocols.
Congress leader Harish Rawat also welcomed the announcement of election dates for Uttarakhand. He said, “Congress always abides by the code of conduct and the guidelines set by the Election Commission.”
Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Congress will fight strongly and will again win in Punjab and oust the BJP from power in the remaining four states.
“We urge the EC to ensure a level-playing field in these elections,” he said.
BSP chief Mayawati urged the Election Commission to check the “tendency” in the ruling BJP of “violating” the model code of conduct.
In a series of tweets in Hindi, she welcomed the announcement and expressed faith that the poll panel will ensure smooth, free and fair elections. “The tendency of the ruling party to violate the model code of conduct by adopting new tactics in every election is becoming fatally common, which needs to be given due attention and prompt action is taken in this election. It is the special appeal to the Election Commission,” she said.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “We welcome the announcement of Vidhan Sabha polls in Punjab on February 14. This signals end of anarchy, chaos, confusion and misgovernance in the state. Punjab is eagerly looking forward to a strong, stable & ‘development-oriented’ SAD-BSP govt, committed to peace and communal harmony.”