BJP Rajya Sabha MP Harnath Singh Yadav has written to party chief J P Nadda requesting him to consider fielding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Mathura in the upcoming assembly elections.
Yadav said that people of Mathura wanted the chief minister to contest from their area and that he was inspired to write the letter by Lord Krishna himself.
“While the people of every constituency would want Yogi ji to contest from their place but people from Brij Kshetra want him to contest from Mathura and I am being guided by Lord Krishna himself to write to you. I would request you to think of letting Yogi ji contest from Mathura,” Yadav wrote in the letter.
Adityanath on Saturday confirmed he will contest the upcoming assembly elections, but from which seat will be decided by the party leadership. “I will fight the election from wherever the party says,” Adityanath said when asked whether he will contest from Ayodhya, Mathura, or from his home district Gorakhpur.
Adityanath’s announcement of contesting the upcoming polls is a direct message to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who are unlikely to contest the elections.
The move is being seen as a game changer much like Prime Minister Narendra Modi deciding to contest from Varanasi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which ensured gains for the BJP in the entire east UP.
The elections in the state are scheduled to be held in February-March this year. Several pre-poll surveys have predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP but also a major loss of seat share which might come as a direct gain for the Samajwadi Party. On the other hand, the Congress is likely to suffer another poll debacle and may struggle reaching a double-digit mark in seats.