Battle for western Uttar Pradesh has begun

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23 January, 2022

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Battle for western Uttar Pradesh has begun

As the process of filing nominations for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh election comes to a close, the battle for western Uttar Pradesh has begun. Riding on the perceived Jat-Muslim unity after the farmers’ agitation and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s indifference, the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance is hoping to seize control of the region where the Bharatiya Janata Party won a whopping 53 out of the 58 seats in 2017. HT

4 Indians dead trying to cross to America from Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday vowed action on human trafficking after the “mind-blowing” death of four Indian nationals, who froze to death while allegedly trying to illegally cross the border between Canada and the United States. The four victims – an infant, a teenage boy and two adults – were found in the Canadian province of Manitoba, just about 10km from the American border in Minnesota, where they were said to be walking across snow-covered fields during blizzard-like conditions. HT

Ban on physical rallies and roadshows for Assembly elections in five states next month extended

The Election Commission Saturday consulted health authorities and announced that the ban on physical rallies and roadshows for Assembly elections in five states next month was being extended to January 31, but parties would be allowed to hold physical public meetings of candidates from January 28 for Phase 1 of the elections, and from February 1 for Phase 2. While Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, March 3 and 7, polling in Uttarakhand and Goa will be held on February 14. Punjab will vote on February 20 while Manipur will go to polls on February 27 and March 3. Indian Express

Delhi equalled its record for the third-wettest January on record ever

Delhi has so far received 69.8mm of rain this month, the same as it did in all of January 1995, and behind only 1989 (when the city got 79.3mm of rain in the month) and 1953 (73.7mm). Delhi received 5.5mm total rain till 8.30pm on Saturday, IMD said. The city also witnessed a severe cold day on Saturday as the maximum temperature at Safdarjung, Delhi’s base observatory, dropped to 14.7 degrees Celsius — the lowest this season — seven degrees below normal. HT

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she is surprised at Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s low profile 

“I am also surprised seeing… six-seven months back we use to think that her party is not active, maybe they will start close to elections. We were also very surprised that the election has started we are in the middle of the election and it has not become active. As you said, (she) is very quiet, I am not able to understand,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview with ANI. “It is possible that the BJP government is exerting pressure,” she added. HT



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