On Saturday, Akhilesh Yadav, leader of the Samajwadi Party, attacked the BJP, saying Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra, was granted bail so quickly because the party knew the government in Uttar Pradesh was about to change. "BJP gave Ashish Mishra a hurried bail because they knew the government was changing in UP... If farm laws were taken back, this means Yogi Adityanath will have to go back," reported ANI during a campaign in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Across Punjab, polling staff is collecting EVMs and other electoral materials in preparation for the Punjab Assembly elections. The election campaign ended on Friday.Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab's chief minister, and Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moosewala, a candidate for the Congress in Mansa, have been arrested under Section 183 of the IPC for violating the model code of conduct.
AAP's candidate in Mansa, Dr. Vijay Singla, had gone live on Facebook Friday evening to show that Channi and Moosewala had campaigned until 6.30 pm while campaigning was only allowed until 6 pm in the area.As Channi campaigned in another candidate's constituency after 6 p.m., Moosewala was going door-to-door with a crowd of at least 400-500 people, exceeding the allowed number.
Rajnath Singh criticized Rahul Gandhi for remarks he made about Pakistan and China while he was the defence minister in Uttar Pradesh. As he addressed a rally in Gonda, Singh remarked, “Gandhi said that China and Pakistan became friends after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. He has not studied the history of ancient India; he should at least study the history of modern India.” According to news agency ANI, Singh added, “Jawaharlal Nehru was PM when Pakistan handed over the illegally-occupied territory of Shaksgam Valley to China. Indira Gandhi was PM when Karakoram Highway was built in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. Manmohan Singh, not Modi ji was PM when construction on CPEC (China–Pakistan Economic Corridor) began.”