At a time when Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, and Priyanka Gandhi are unlikely to contest, a close aide to the CM claimed the move demonstrates “assurance” and a sense of “leading from the front.”
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is putting pressure on his political opponents Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to join him in contesting the next state elections. According to BJP sources, the likely seats are Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, or Mathura.
On Saturday in Lucknow, Adityanath said the party will decide where he will run for office. “If it’s Ayodhya, it’ll be a symbolic fight with a major message for the state, because Yogi has been involved with the Ram Janambhoomi movement for a long time.” CM Yogi will be identified with Ayodhya, much as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now with Varanasi. “The conventional option will be Gorakhpur, his home constituency, or Mathura, where CM Yogi flagged off the recent BJP Jan Vishwas Yatra himself,” a senior BJP leader in Lucknow said News18.
At a time when Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are unlikely to fight the polls, a close adviser to the CM claimed the move demonstrates the leader’s “assurance” and a sense of “leading from the front.”
“Yadav has previously stated that he will not run for office, as he has never done before and solely runs for parliamentary seats. “His party was forced to clarify later that no final decision had been made,” the aide claimed.
Mayawati hasn’t run for office in a long time, and Priyanka Gandhi has been undecided about running for an MLA seat
In an informal meeting with journalists in Lucknow on Saturday, the CM expressed confidence that the BJP will cross 300 seats in Uttar Pradesh again, and that the tickets of certain existing MLAs may be reduced. He also mocked Akhilesh Yadav’s recent offer of free electricity if elected, claiming that if he were in power, Yadav would have built the Ram Temple by now. No one will believe Yadav, who only provided uninterrupted energy to four of the state’s 75 districts and whose party fired upon kar sewaks, according to the CM.
In response to Priyanka Gandhi’s multiple pledges to the people of Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister questioned why she is not making similar promises to the people of Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh first. “In 2017, the BJP campaigned on the shortcomings of the SP administration as a platform. “This time, we’re in the ring with our accomplishments,” the CM declared.
He also emphasised the need of holding polls on time, stating that the Election Commission of India (ECI) will make a decision on the matter. According to a CM adviser, the BJP expects to receive more over 40% of the vote in 2022.
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