Campaign in the first of seven phased Assembly elections ended today in 73 seats of western Uttar Pradesh where Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his all in the fight against SP-Congress alliance and BSP making it essentially a triangular contest. Urging the voters to end the ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development) and projecting demonetisation as an attack against corruption, Modi and BJP accused SP and BSP of plundering the state over the years and targeted the SP-Congress alliance, saying the two had come together to save themselves.
Meanwhile, the Allahadbad High Court has asked the Election Commission to decide over the issue of Samajwadi party’s election manifesto.
4:50 pm: Allahabad HC asks EC to decide over issue of SP’s election manifesto, the petitioner had stated that manifesto is misleading.
1:24 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi said she will be campaigning in her constituency, Raebareli.
12:55 pm: Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi takes on PM Narendra Modi for Swacch Bharat campaign. Addressing an election rally in Aligarh, Rahul said, “Pure desh ke haath mein jhaadu pakda diya, lo tum safai karo. Kya hogaya Bharat saaf? Hogaya Swachh Bharat?”
12.17pm: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav speaks at an election rally in Mathura’s Chata.
11:41am: A case has been registered as unknown people fired shots at the vehicle of Dayalu Gupta, who is the Samajwadi Party candidate from Bindki constituency, Fatehpur.