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Assembly elections highlights: EC reschedules Punjab polls; Akhilesh offers SP ticket to BJP MLA to take on Adityanath

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Assembly elections highlights: The Election Commission on Monday announced that the single-phase assembly polls in Punjab will now be held on February 20 instead of February 14. Several political parties had urged the EC to postpone the polls in view of Ravidas Jayanti on February 16.

Assembly elections highlights: EC reschedules Punjab polls; Akhilesh offers SP ticket to BJP MLA to take on Adityanath
Assembly elections highlights:
The Election Commission on Monday announced that the single-phase assembly polls in Punjab will now be held on February 20 instead of February 14. Several political parties had urged the EC to postpone the polls in view of Ravidas Jayanti on February 16.
With the BJP deciding to field UP CM Yogi Adityanath from his home turf Gorakhpur (Urban) assembly seat in the February polls, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday sought to woo the sitting BJP MLA Radha Mohan Agarwal, offering him his party ticket for the seat.
Here are the highlights
#Akhilesh offers SP ticket to BJP's Gorakhpur Urban MLA, BJP slams him
With the BJP deciding to field UP CM Yogi Adityanath from his home turf Gorakhpur (Urban) assembly seat in the February polls, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday sought to woo the sitting BJP MLA Radha Mohan Agarwal, offering him his party ticket for the seat. Asked about BJP's Gorakhpur (Urban) MLA Agarwal, the Samajwadi Party chief told reporters here, "If you (reporters) can establish contact with him and speak to him, the ticket will be announced and he will get the ticket.
#Political parties welcome EC's decision to postpone Punjab polls
Political parties in Punjab on Monday welcomed the Election Commission's decision to postpone the state Assembly polls to February 20 in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, saying it will enable his followers to visit UP's Varanasi for festivities.
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#We welcome ECI's decision to postpone the Punjab Assembly election. He (Ferozepur Rural candidate Ashu Banger, who quits Aam Aadmi Party) will be joining the Congress party: Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu
#We have announced to contest 100 seats for the upcoming UP Assembly elections; more candidates for other phases will be announced. We've made arrangements to conduct virtual rallies, as per the Election Commission's guidelines: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad
#Election Commission postpones Punjab assembly elections from February 14 to February 20. Check details
Uttar Pradesh: A look at the poll-bound state and it's overall condition
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EC to discuss Punjab parties' demand to postpone assembly polls in view of Ravidas Jayanti
The Election Commission is meeting on Monday morning to discuss demands by various political parties to defer the February 14 assembly polls in Punjab in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had urged the EC to defer the polls by six days in view of the Jayanti.
Manipur Congress vice-president quits post ahead of assembly polls
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