Lucknow: Just days before the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP suffered a setback in the state as Swami Prasad Maurya, a minister in the Yogi government, resigned from the post and joined rival Samajwadi Party.
Swami Prasad Maurya, a former SP leader had joined the saffron party before the 2017 assembly. Earlier, he had also been a minister in the BSP government but then he left Mayawati and joined the SP. The entry of backward caste leader Swami Prasad Maurya into the BJP was believed to be the result of social engineering but now his resignation is seen as a major setback to the ruling state party that lost a big leader of backward society.
The news was shared by former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, who himself took to his twitter handle to inform about Swami Prasad Maurya joining the SP. Akhilesh Yadav wrote, ‘Hopeful welcome and greetings to the popular leader Shri Swami Prasad Maurya ji, who fought for social justice and equality and all other leaders, workers and supporters who came with him in the SP.
सामाजिक न्याय और समता-समानता की लड़ाई लड़ने वाले लोकप्रिय नेता श्री स्वामी प्रसाद मौर्या जी एवं उनके साथ आने वाले अन्य सभी नेताओं, कार्यकर्ताओं और समर्थकों का सपा में ससम्मान हार्दिक स्वागत एवं अभिनंदन!
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 11, 2022
The assembly polls are to be conducted in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur starting from January. Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will expire on May 14, March 23, March 23, March 15, March 19 respectively. All elections in five states will be completed in seven phases.
-The first date of issuing of notification will start on January 14 in Uttar Pradesh. The date of polling for the first phase in the state is February 10.
-Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will be held in single phase on February 14. Issuing of notification will be on January 21. UP elections will also continue for the second phase on February 14.
-The third phase of UP elections will be held on February 20.
-The fourth phase of UP elections will be held on February 23.
-Manipur will go for polling in two phases. First phase on February 27. The fifth phase polling on same day for Uttar Pradesh.
-Manipur to go for second phase on March 3. It will be the sixth phase for Uttar Pradesh.
-In the seventh phase, Uttar Pradesh will go for polling on March 7.
-The results of all seven states will be announced on March 10.
-Basic preparations were taken to ensure Covid-19 safe election, hassle-free voter experience and maximum voters participation.
-A total of 690 Assembly constituencies in Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab will go to polls this time.
Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Election Commission banned election rallies, roadshows and corner meetings till January 15 in the five poll-bound states.