Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls from his home turf Gorakhpur, BJP poll in-charge for UP Dharmendra Pradhan announced on Saturday. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will contest the elections from Sirathu seat which falls under Prayagraj.
While Gorakhpur (Rural) goes to polls in the sixth phase on March 3, Sirathu, which falls under Kaushambi district, will vote in the fifth phase on. February 27.
Pradhan, addressing the media, announced the party’s first list of 107 candidates for the UP assembly polls, which include candidates for 57 out of 58 seats which will vote in the phase and 48 out of 55 seats which will vote in the second phase. While 63 of 83 sitting MLAs have been repeated, 20 have been dropped by the party.
“The BJP has provided welfare and sensitive governance in Uttar Pradesh in the last five years. We are confident that the people of UP will again bless us in this great festival of 2022 with the same clarity,” the BJP tweeted quoting Pradhan.
Earlier, there were speculations that Adityanath, who has never contested an assembly election before, will contest from one of the two temple towns – Ayodhya or Mathura. It was seen as an attempt to amplify the Hindutva message and galvanise the cadre.
While several seats were earlier talked about as possible options for Adityanath, including Mathura, a constituency in the CM’s bastion of Gorakhpur or one in western UP where the BJP is facing the toughest battle, he was said to be keen on Ayodhya. An MP when he was named CM, Adityanath had got elected to the House via the Legislative Council.
So far, the Congress has announced 125 candidates for the UP elections, the Bahujan Samaj Party has announced 55 candidates and the SP-RLD alliance has announced names of 29 candidates.
The BJP’s list comes after a flurry of resignations from the party which included three ministers and 11 MLAs. Of these, two ministers – Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini – along with five rebel MLAs joined the Samajwadi Party on Friday.