December 9, 2022

congress: Election round-up: Channi pips Sidhu to become Punjab Congress CM face; PM says UP CM will make up for time lost to Covid if voted to power again | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress decided to project Charanjit Singh Channi as the party’s chief ministerial candidate even as he praised other leaders who appeared aspirants for the position. State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu was widely seen as a contender for the post.
In Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly backed chief minister Yogi Adityanath and said if his government is formed again he would make up for the time lost by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is a look at the key political developments on Sunday:
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi declared Charanjit Singh Channi as his party’s chief ministerial face for the high-stakes Punjab Assembly polls, a recognition that was also coveted by state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Gandhi made this announcement addressing a virtual rally, where Sidhu also hailed the party’s decision to make Channi as the state CM following the unceremonious exit of the Amarinder Singh last September.
Before declaring Channi’s name, Gandhi said, “People of Punjab said we need a chief minister who is from a ‘gareeb ghar’ (humble family), who understands poverty and hunger. It was a tough decision, you made it easy.”
The BJP questioned the locus standi of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to announce his party’s chief ministerial face for the Punjab Assembly polls, saying he doesn’t hold any position in the party.
Uttar Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated that Yogi Adityanath is the BJP’s choice as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, saying if his government is formed again he would make up for the time lost by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The PM remarks at a virtual poll rally went beyond praise for Adityanath for the work done by the state’s BJP government during his term –- and appeared to settle the debate over the party’s CM face.
The virtual rally, his third recently for UP, comes just days before the first phase of polling in the state on February 10.
Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who represents the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat, did not figure among the party’s star campaigners for the fourth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The fourth phase on February 23 will see assembly election in the five constituencies of Bachhrawan-SC, Harchandpur, Rae Bareli, Sareni and Unchahar, that come under the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and former party chief Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are among the 30 star campaigners that the party has named for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
The Election Commission has issued a notice to the Uttarakhand BJP for alleged violation of the model code and asked it to reply within 24 hours for tweeting a morphed image of former chief minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat, in which he has been shown as a Muslim cleric. The action comes after the Congress complained to the poll body on Friday, alleging that the BJP Uttarakhand from its official Twitter handle on February 3 at 9.34 PM tweeted a morphed image of Rawat.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi who worshipped the Ganga at Har ki Pairi in Haridwar recently, BJP president JP Nadda on Sunday said the BJP had taught him the ‘good thing’ of going to temples and offering prayers.
The Congress released its manifesto for the upcoming Goa Assembly polls, and senior party leader P Chidambaram promised the resumption of mining activities in the coastal state if his party comes to power. He was speaking on some of the vital points of the manifesto released by the Congress for the state Assembly polls scheduled on February 14.
The mining operations, which used to be one of the main sources of revenue for Goa, came to a grinding halt in the state in March 2018 after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases.
Manipur Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, second-in-command in the BJP government after Chief Minister N Biren Singh, said that through multi-pronged strategies, creating infrastructure, enhancing job avenues for the educated youths and fulfilling regional aspirations, the decades old militancy problem can be resolved.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s first MLA in Manipur in 2015, Singh, who holds six portfolios including PWD, Panchayat and Rural Development, said that since the formation of the first BJP-led government in Manipur in 2017 all-out efforts have been made to contain militancy and the drug menace.
The five states go to polls later this month.
(With inputs from agencies.)

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