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Ex-Congress And SP MLAs Join BJP Ahead Of UP Assembly Polls

The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Congress MLAs joins BJP (Photo/ ANI)

New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress MLA from Behat (Saharanpur) Naresh Saini, Samajwadi Party MLA Hari Om Yadav, and Dr Dharmpal Singh on Wednesday joined the Bhartiya Janata Party on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday. The move comes as a major setback to the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh ahead of high-stakes assembly elections.

The OBC leader put an end to the speculations, which were going on for the last several days, that he may leave the BJP and ride on Akhilesh Yadav’s cycle. Elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said.

All election officials and employees will be considered under the ambit of frontline workers and all eligible officers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 with ‘precautionary dose’, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said on Saturday.

This decision by the Election Commission came in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country as he announced the schedule for Assembly elections to Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Further, in a landmark decision, no physical rally of political parties or probably candidates or any other group related to elections shall be allowed till January 15. “ECI will subsequently review the situation and issues further instructions accordingly,” CEC Sushil Chandra said.

The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

(With ANI Inputs)

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