UP Assembly Election: Yogi Adityanath to contest polls from Gorakhpur stronghold, not Ayodhya


While there was speculation that Adityanath could be sent from Ayodhya, Pradhan said the party decided to put him in the fray in Gorakhpur, his traditional political territory which he represented in Lok Sabha for five terms. consecutive.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest Gorakhpur in the upcoming Assembly polls, the BJP announced on Saturday when releasing its first list of candidates. The party has nominated candidates for the seats who will go to the polls in the first two phases.

Deputy Prime Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will challenge Sirathu town polls in Prayagraj district. the second list for the polls will be released shortly, said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“The decision was taken after long deliberations…the final decision (was taken) by the senior leadership of the party,” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters.

There was speculation earlier that the chief minister – who has never contested an Assembly election before – would run in one of the two temple cities – Ayodhya or Mathura.

While there was speculation that Adityanath could be sent from Ayodhya, Pradhan said the party decided to put him in the fray in Gorakhpur, his traditional political territory which he represented in Lok Sabha for five terms. consecutive.

Asked about the issue, Pradhan said the chief minister was ready to run for any of the state’s 403 seats.

This is the first time that Adityanath will challenge the Assembly polls.

Gorakhpur is Adityanath’s stronghold and elected him to the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms until 2017. This is the first time the Chief Minister will challenge Assembly polls, despite having been an MP of the Lok Sabha of Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms from 1998 to 2017. .

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Voting for the seat of Gorakhpur (urban) will take place on March 3 – the sixth and penultimate phase.

The seat of Gorakhpur is considered a stronghold of the Gorakhnath Math, whose current high priest is Yogi Adityanath. Currently, this seat belongs to BJP candidate Radha Mohan Das Agarwal.

First list of BJP candidates for Uttar Pradesh polls by Manasi Chandu on Scribd

44 OBC names, 19 SC among 107 candidates

The list was released by BJP Uttar Pradesh official and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with party general secretary Arun Singh during a press conference at the party headquarters here.

The BJP is currently facing internal dissent after 10 of its Uttar Pradesh MPs, including three ministers, quit the Yogi Adityanath government this week.

With the exception of Adityanath and Maurya, all names relate to 105 of the 113 seats that will go to the polls in the first two phases on February 10 and 14, including 44 from the other backward classes and 19 scheduled castes, or 60 percent . hundred of the total.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters that the list had 63 sitting MPs, including ministers such as Suresh Khanna, Suresh Rana and Shrikant Sharma, while 20 gave way to others.

Former Uttarakhand Governor and now BJP Deputy Chairman Baby Rani Maurya, a Dalit, was sent from Agra (rural). Pankaj Singh, the son of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, will compete again from Noida headquarters.

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As the Jat-focused region goes to the polls in the first two rounds, the agrarian community, which was at the forefront of unrest in western Uttar Pradesh against three controversial farm bills, secured 16 seats , sources said.

Of the 43 seats from which members of general castes have been fielded by the BJP, sources noted that 18 are Thakurs, 10 Brahmins and eight Vaishyas.

Of the 19 SC candidates on the BJP’s first list, 13 are Jatavs, who make up more than half of the total Dalit population.

The move is seen as a major push by the party to win support from part of the community that has been a traditional base of the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj party.

Some of the seats where the ballot will be held in the first two phases and for which the BJP did not name its candidates on Saturday will go to the allies.

Highlighting the BJP’s outreach to marginalized communities, Pradhan said the party fielded a Dalit candidate from a general category seat and would nominate more from unreserved seats in its upcoming lists for Uttar polls. Pradesh.

The BJP had challenged the 2017 Assembly polls on the issue of fighting corruption and restoring law and order in the state, and the Yogi Adityanath government did so, Pradhan said , who was joined by BJP General Secretary Arun Singh.

The state is now riot-free, he said, adding that a lot of development works, including the establishment of colleges and highways, have taken place under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Uttar Pradesh has now topped the list of beneficiaries of the Modi government’s housing scheme, free cooking gas cylinder scheme and Ayushman Bharat, he said.

BJP Chairman JP Nadda said that every BJP worker worked around the clock for the people and the party is committed to advancing all sections of society in the state.

“I am confident that every BJP candidate will emerge victorious with a large majority with the people’s blessing and support,” he said.

Elections for the 403-member assembly of Uttar Pradesh are scheduled to be held in seven phases starting February 10.

UP polls

Uttar Pradesh, considered the politically vital state of the country, votes from February 10 in seven rounds in an election widely regarded as a precursor to the national elections of 2024. The results will be announced on March 10.

In the 2017 parliamentary elections, the BJP won a complete victory in Uttar Pradesh. By winning 312 of 403 seats, the Saffron party left its rivals far behind to secure their biggest victory in this crucial Hindi belt state.

In terms of vote share data, BJP got 39.7%, followed by BSP with 22.2% and SP 21.8%. Congress was only able to get 6.3% (over 54 lakh votes).

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