New Delhi: The north-eastern state of Manipur witnessed high turnout in the first phase of state assembly elections as over 78 per cent voters exercised their right. There have also been some incidents of violence in the state.
Meanwhile, clashes between the ruling BJP and the opposition parties continued in Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought votes citing global circumstances and suggested that people should take decisions to make the country stronger.
Let’s take a look at the key developments of Monday:
Manipur
Officials said sporadic incidents of violence affected 38 constituencies in the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections as 78.03 per cent of the nearly 12.09 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm till the end of polling, announced earlier. Happened an hour later.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Aggarwal said state police jawan Naorem Ibochouba, posted for election duty in Churachandpur district’s Tipaimukh assembly constituency, died in “a suspected case of accidental firing” from a service rifle.
The highest polling percentage of 82.97 per cent was recorded in Kangpokpi district, followed by Imphal West (82.19 per cent), Imphal East (76.64 per cent) and Churachandpur (74.45 per cent). The final percentage will be available after the withdrawal of the polling parties.
The CEO said that FIRs have been registered in the incidents of EVM malfunction at seven polling stations.
Prominent candidates in the first phase include Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Assembly Speaker Y Khemchand Singh, Deputy Chief Minister and NPP candidate Yumnam Joykumar and Manipur Congress President N Lokesh Singh.
Uttar Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that India must be strengthened in view of the emerging international challenges that are affecting every citizen of the world.
He said that being a big state, Uttar Pradesh has the “biggest” responsibility in making India powerful.
His remarks at the Maharajganj rally come against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine from where India is trying to evacuate thousands of its citizens.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party of working on caste lines while in power in Uttar Pradesh, and said that his BJP has worked for all communities in the state since 2017. Addressing an election meeting for party candidates in Kushinagar. Shah said that if the BJP comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, free scooters will be given to girls and free tablets and smartphones to poor youth who want to pursue higher education.
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav claimed that the BJP is plotting to end reservation and hence is selling government organizations to the private sector. Addressing an election rally in Jalalpur assembly constituency, Yadav said his party would win all seats in Ambedkar Nagar as well as in neighboring Azamgarh district.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Monday alleged that the Center “betrayed” farmers while promises of the Yogi Adityanath government were not fulfilled as it urged the farming community of Purvanchal to “punish the BJP” in the Uttar Pradesh elections. .
Punjab
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was brought back to Rohtak’s Sunaria jail on Monday after the end of his three-week leave. The sect chief is serving a 20-year jail term for raping two female disciples at his ashram in Sirsa, where the ‘dera’ is headquartered. He was convicted by a special CBI court in Panchkula in August 2017.
Dear Sacha Sauda has thousands of followers across the state. It is believed that this may also have an effect on the results of the elections.
Uttarakhand
According to sources cited by IANS, Congress MLAs from five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur may be shifted to Rajasthan for fear of poaching. The news agency cited a meeting of top leaders and said that the post-poll scenario was discussed.
Goa
The Goa Congress said it will challenge the High Court order dismissing a petition regarding the Speaker of the state assembly seeking the disqualification of ten of its MLAs who joined the BJP in 2019. The High Court, last week, dismissed a petition filed by Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar challenging the Speaker’s order dismissing the disqualification of 10 MLAs.
Addressing a press conference, Chodankar told reporters that the party’s state executive committee has resolved to challenge the high court order.
(With input from agencies.)


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