Friday, January 21, 2022

Live updates: Akhilesh Yadav-Rahul Gandhi road show underway in Lucknow, pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Out of the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, Congress will be contesting in 105 and SP in the rest of 298 seats.

Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav press brief is aimed at sending a strong message to party cadres from both sides, asking them to work together to ensure the defeat of BJP and BSP. Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav press brief was aimed at sending a strong message to party cadres from both sides, asking them to work together to ensure the defeat of BJP and BSP. (Express Photo)

Days after stitching up an electoral alliance for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi party president Akhilesh Yadav arrived in Lucknow on Sunday for a joint road show. Earlier in the day, they held a joint press conference.  The meeting also assumes significance as this was the maiden outing of the two leaders since reaching a seat-sharing agreement for the polls, which starts from February 11. Out of the 403 assembly seats, Congress will be contesting in 105 and SP the rest of 298 seats.

With an aim to tell people that the two parties were their choice in the elections, Rahul and Akhilesh would launch a poll campaign with a tagline – UP ko ye saath pasand hai (UP relishes this alliance). The duo are expected to send out a strong message to party cadres from both sides, urging them to work together to ensure the defeat of BJP and BSP.

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Live Updates:

3.50 pm:

3:28 PM: The joint road show of Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Yadav has begun

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2:58 PM: Joint road show of Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Yadav to begin shortly

2:20 PM: The press conference has been concluded.

2:15 PM: Ye sub judice matter hai; Jo court kahega wo hi hoga; Chunav ke pehle BJP ke log is mudde ko har baar nikaalte hain: Rahul on Ram Mandir

2:07 PM: Alliance for Lok Sabha polls is open for discussion: Rahul

2:06 PM: This alliance isn’t opportunistic, will explain to Modi Ji, BJP and RSS that Uttar Pradesh and its people are one and we will not let them create divide: Rahul

2:04 PM: BJP ek Hindustani ko dusre Hindustani se ladati hai, unke ideology se India ko khatra hai, par Mayawati ke ideology se koi khatra nahi hai: Rahul

2:02 PM: Rahul takes a dig at Prime Minister, says Modiji says he is number 1 and there is no number 2.

2:00 PM: Campaign strategy will not be revealed: Rahul on whether Sonia Gandhi and Mulayam Singh Yadav will do electioneering.

1:57 PM: Alliance is confluence of Ganga and Yamuna out of which Saraswati of development will come out: Rahul

1:54 PM: Priyanka an asset to Congress, if she campaigns or not is her choice: Rahul

1:50 PM: It is a historical alliance, it is a partnership between Akhilesh and me, Congress-SP to defeat fascist forces: Rahul

1:48 PM: We will fight together and the SP-Congress alliance will come to power in UP: Rahul

1:43 PM: We want to end the politics of anger perpetuated by RSS-BJP: Rahul

1:40 PM: Demonetisation has hurt people. We will take Uttar Pradesh on a path of governance: Akhilesh

1:39 PM: Akhilesh is a good leader, he was not allowed to do work in UP: Rahul Gandhi

1:35 PM: We will win 300+ seats and people’s confidence: Akhilesh Yadav

1:32 PM: This SP-Congress partnership is an answer to politics of division and hate: Rahul Gandhi

1: 31 PM: Akhilesh and I have both political and personal relationship: Rahul Gandhi

1:30 PM: Rahul Gandhi expresses happiness over the alliance between SP and Congress for the upcoming UP elections.

1:24 PM:

 

1:18 PM:

1:11 PM: Despite faring poorly in most surveys, SP seems to have regained its lost grounds following the elevation of Akhilesh as the party’s national president and the subsequent alliance with the Congress.

1:09 PM: Rahul and Akhilesh to launch a poll campaign with a tagline – UP ko ye saath pasand hai (UP relishes this alliance).

1:03 PM: The press conference will be followed by a joint road show in Lucknow.

1:01 PM: Preparations underway for Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s joint press conference in Lucknow.

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12:50 PM: Rahul Gandhi reaches Lucknow for press conference with UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

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