Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Yogi Adityanath lied on oxygen shortage: Dimple Yadav

Samajwadi Party leader and former MP Dimple Yadav on Saturday targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying a large number of people died due to oxygen shortage during the coronavirus pandemic but he had no “regret”.
“He told a lie when he said that there was no shortage of oxygen in UP,” said Dimple Yadav, who is the wife of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
“How can those who have no family understand the pain of those who lost their family members in the pandemic,” she asked. The SP leader also said she is proud of the Samajwadi family as well as the alliance partners, who are all set to write a new history in Uttar Pradesh in the Assembly polls.
“We are proud of our Samajwadi Party family and our alliance partners, who are all together fighting these elections and are all set to write a new history,” She said addressing an election meeting in the Madiyahon Assembly segment for party candidate Sushma Patel.
The SP leader’s statement was in reference to the continuous attacks by BJP leaders over dynasty politics in her party.
Taking potshots at the UP CM’s statement on “taking out the heat”, Dimple Yadav said perhaps he has failed to understand that the weather has changed. “Seeing your attitude, it seems BJP people will have to be put in the cold storage,” she said.
Terming her party’s candidate Sushma Patel her younger sister, Dimple appealed to people to ensure her victory with a big margin. Sushma Patel had won the 2017 Assembly elections from the seat on the BSP symbol but joined the Samajwadi Party last year.
In her address, Samajwadi party MP Jaya Bachchan termed herself, Dimple Yadav and Sushma as three daughters-in-law and said that it was their right to make a demand for votes from their brothers-in-law to ensure that Samajwadi party forms its government with a big majority.
Attacking the BJP governments at the centre and in the state, Bachchan said they put the blame of their shortcomings on others and termed this as the habit of weak people.
“Those who are weak raise fingers on others to hide their own weaknesses and since the past five years this is what has been going on in UP,” Jaya Bachchan said, adding if weak people come back to power, they will abuse other parties. Targeting Adityanath, Bachchan said, “People of the state will never forgive you for telling lies and speaking disgusting things while wearing saffron robes. You blame others, raise fingers on them for your own fault.”
“Leave all such things and go on pilgrimage and take samadhi in your ‘kutiya’. When you have shunned the worldly things, then why have you come here. This drama will not be tolerated by UP, the youth of today will not tolerate it,” she added.

UP polls: 5th phase of voting on Sunday; 692 in fray for 61 seats

Polling to decide the fate of 692 candidates in the fray for 61 assembly seats across 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh will take place in the fifth phase of the state assembly elections on Sunday.
Campaigning for the fifth phase ended on Friday evening, and all necessary arrangements have been completed, state Chief Election Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said here on Saturday.
Polling will start at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, he said.
Around 2.24 crore voters will exercise their franchise in this phase in the districts of Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabanki, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda.
Amethi and Raebareli, once considered Congress bastions, and Ayodhya, the epicentre of the Ram temple movement, will too vote on Sunday. Prominent face in the fray for the fifth phase include Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
, who is contesting from the Sirathu assembly seat in Kaushambi district. He is facing Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) candidate Pallavi Patel.
Other ministers in the fray are Siddharth Nath Singh from Allahabad West, Rajendra Singh, alias Moti Singh, from Patti (Pratapgarh), Nand Gopal Gupta Nadi from Allahabad South and Ramapati Shastri from Mankapur (Gonda).
Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, who is the MLA from Kunda since 1993, is once again in the fray from his party Jansatta Dal, with old aide Gulshan Yadav contesting against him on a Samajwadi Party ticket.
Union minister Anupriya Patel’s mother and Apna Dal (K) leader Krishna Patel is contesting from the Pratapgarh seat. Apna Dal (K) has entered into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
Union minister Anupriya Patel, heading a rival faction of the party named after her father Sonelal Patel, however, has handed over the seat to the BJP to challenge her mother Krishna Patel.
Congress legislative party leader Aradhana Mishra Mona is fighting from Rampur Khas seat of Pratapgarh.
With the completion of polling on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh will have voted on 292 of the total 403 seats in the Assembly. The last two phases of the elections will be held on March 3 and March 7.
As part of the electioneering for the fifth phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have already crisscrossed the poll-bound constituencies.
BJP rivals Akhilesh Yadav, chief of the Samajwadi Party, BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too have toured the constituencies extensively.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had digitally addressed a rally for voters of her Raebareli constituency.
In the final round of campaigning on Friday, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi jointly addressed a rally in Amethi.
Prime Minister Modi addressed a series of rallies in Amethi, Prayagraj, Kaushambi and Bahraich, and attacked opponents mainly on the issues of vote bank politics and ‘pariwarvad’.

SourcePTI