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In this episode of The Wire Election Bulletin, we bring to you all the news related to the forthcoming assembly elections.
Swati Singh, the minister of state (independent charge) for women’s welfare in the UP government, and her husband Dayashankar Singh, the BJP state vice-president, were both in the race to get the party ticket to contest from Sarojini Nagar in Lucknow. The BJP chose Dayashankar as the candidate instead of Swati.
Late former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal filed his nomination from the Panaji assembly seat as an independent candidate, after he was excluded from the BJP’s list of candidates for the election in the state.
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has announced 117 candidates in UP.
Union home minister Amit Shah reached out to Jat leaders of western UP, who form a substantial share of the population in the seats to be contested in the first phase of the polls. Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary rejected Shah’s offer to join it ahead or post Uttar Pradesh elections.