Prime Minister Narendra Modi revived his jibe from the state’s 2017 assembly elections as he launched the BJP’s campaign for the second phase of polls in Manipur.
He told a virtual poll rally that when the state’s Congress was in power, the state’s primary leader was known as “Mr 10%.” While PM Modi did not name the leader by name, it is widely interpreted as an implicit reference to corruption allegations levelled against three-time Congress Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
The BJP had accused Mr Singh of pocketing 10% of all government projects he sanctioned during the run-up to the previous assembly elections. There were also suspicions that only those who could pay huge bribes would be given government posts, therefore favouring only the 10% of the population who could afford it.
Manipur is holding elections for the 60-member state assembly in two stages, the first of which ended on February 28 and the second of which begins on March 5. The results of the election will be announced on March 10.
Mayawati’s Party Candidates Decided In Amit Shah’s Room: Samajwadi Party Ally
The names of Bahujan Samaj Party candidates were determined in Home Minister Amit Shah’s room, and the party is contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections with the goal of assisting the BJP, according to SBSP leader Om Prakash Rajbhar, who also warned people against voting for Mayawati’s party.
“Will put his bulldozer on pokland (machine), and send it back to his home,” the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) head said of Yogi Adityanath’s frequent bulldozer jibes.
Manipur Policeman Killed In Accidental Firing At Polls: Electoral Office
According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Agarwal, a Manipur Police officer was murdered in a “suspected incidence of unintentional discharge” from his service rifle during the first phase of assembly elections for 38 seats in the northeastern state on Monday.
The incident occurred in the Churachandpur district’s Tipaimukh assembly constituency. Naorem Ibochouba, a native of Kakching district, was recognised as the police officer, he claimed.
Ex-PM Chandra Shekhar’s Relatives Campaign For BJP In UP Poll, Criticised
Some family members of socialist leader and former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar are campaigning for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh’s ongoing Assembly election, which some detractors have branded as a “opportunistic” move.
Ibrahimpatti, Chandra Shekhar’s hometown, is located in the Bilthara Road assembly constituency of the Salempur Lok Sabha constituency in Ballia.
In this Assembly election, Neeraj Shekhar, the former prime minister’s son, and Chandra Shekhar’s grandson Ravishankar Singh ‘Pappu’ are campaigning for the BJP.
Manipur Congress Candidate Arrested For Assaulting Poll Official, Released
During the first round of the Manipur assembly elections, a Congress candidate was arrested and then freed on bail for allegedly attacking an on-duty polling personnel.
The move against party candidate Lamtinthang Haokip in the Saitu constituency of Kangpokpi district by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has been described as a “murder of democracy” by senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
Samajwadi Party, BSP Worked On Caste Lines, BJP Worked For All In UP: Amit Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah accused them of working on caste lines, and said his BJP has fought for all communities in the state since 2017.
Mr Shah claimed that if the BJP returns to power in Uttar Pradesh, free scooters will be given to girls and free tablets and smartphones to disadvantaged youths who wish to pursue higher education.
He attacked both the SP and the BSP, accusing them of keeping Uttar Pradesh split along caste lines under the previous regimes of “bua and bhatija” (Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav).