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The election campaign in the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur has reached a feverish pitch. With the Election Commission imposing restrictions on political rallies in the wake of COVID-19, parties have been finding ingenious ways to reach out to the electorate.
Starting today, The Wire‘s election bulletin will provide important updates from the poll-bound states.
In Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has named Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial candidate, following the party’s internal election process. On the other hand, elections in Punjab will be now held on February 20, instead of February 14.
In Uttar Pradesh, AAP has announced that it will contest on its own in all 403 assembly seats. The party’s first list with 150 candidates is already out. Of the 150 party nominees, eight are women. As for Samajwadi Party, its chief announced that his party, if voted to power, will provide free electricity up to 300 units per month.
In Manipur, after demand emerged from the Christian community to not hold election on Sunday, February 27, the Congress party has decided to write to the Election Commission to get it rescheduled. The state will vote on February 27 and March 3 in two phases.