UP Assembly Election 2022: Campaigning for the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections to be held on February 14 came to a halt at 6 pm on Saturday. In this phase, polling will be held on February 14 for 55 assembly seats in nine districts of the state–Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur. The campaigning for this phase ended at 6 pm.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Brahmdev Ram Tiwari said that special arrangements have been made for the convenience of voters and security from Kovid at each polling station and proper and necessary arrangements have been made there to ensure that voters do not face any kind of trouble. Necessary instructions have been given to the administration for this. According to the Election Commission, a total of 586 candidates are in the fray in the second phase. Among them, State Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna (Shahjahanpur Sadar), Minister of State for Jal Shakti Baldev Singh Aulakh (Bilaspur), Minister of State for Urban Development Mahesh Chandra Gupta (Badaun), Minister of State for Secondary Education Gulab Devi (Chandausi), Minister of State for AYUSH and now SP’s candidate Dharam Singh Saini (Nakur), senior SP leader Azam Khan (Rampur Sadar) and his son Abdullah Azam (Swar) are prominent.
The population of Muslims in the polling areas is very high.
The areas where polling is going to be held in the second phase have a large Muslim population and are considered to be the stronghold of the Samajwadi Party. However, in the last assembly elections of the year 2017, BJP had won 38 out of these 55 seats while SP got 15 and Congress got two seats. Congress and SP had fought the last assembly elections together. Of the 15 seats that SP got, Muslim candidates won 10. All the political parties put their full emphasis in the campaign for the second phase of elections. Prime Minister from BJP Narendra Modi Mainly the main opposition party was attacking the Samajwadi Party and told the BJP government necessary to keep Uttar Pradesh riot free. PM Modi also raised the issue of triple talaq in Saharanpur and claimed that his government has freed Muslim sisters from the clutches of triple talaq. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath He also held public meetings at various places including Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Badaun and attacked the opposition parties fiercely.
Akhilesh Yadav took charge of the campaign
On the other hand, SP President Akhilesh Yadav took charge of his party’s campaign. He sought votes in Rampur in favor of his party’s senior leader Azam Khan, who has been in jail for nearly two years in more than 100 cases and said that Azam, who built a university, was put in jail and farmers in Tikonia in Lakhimpur Kheri. The son of the Union Minister of State for Home, who trampled under his jeep, was granted bail. BSP President Mayawati targeted SP, BJP and Congress during her election campaign. He alleged that the SP government ended the Jat-Muslim brotherhood in western Uttar Pradesh. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigned door-to-door in several assembly constituencies of different districts undergoing the second phase of polling.
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