Election Speaking to reporters, the SP chief said, “As far as contesting elections is concerned, earlier it was said that he (Adityanath) will contest from Mathura, Prayagraj, Ayodhya or Deoband. I am happy that the BJP has already sent him home (Gorakhpur).”
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference at party office in Lucknow. (PTI Photo)
Taking a dig at the BJP’s decision to field Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the Gorakhpur Urban constituency for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the saffron party has already sent him home.
Speaking to reporters here, the SP chief said, “As far as contesting elections is concerned, earlier it was said that he (Adityanath) will contest from Mathura, Prayagraj, Ayodhya or Deoband. I am happy that the BJP has already sent him home (Gorakhpur).”
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 15, 2022
“Although he is in Gorakhpur, he had a ticket dated March 11 (counting of votes on March 10) booked for it earlier. I think that he should stay back in Gorakhpur and there is no need for him to return (to Lucknow). Heartiest congratulations,” Yadav said.
Gorakhpur is the hometown of Adityanath. He had been the Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat since 1998 until he became the chief minister in 2017.
BJP on Saturday released the first list of 107 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has been fielded from Sirathu in Kaushambi.
Except for Adityanath and Maurya, all the names are for 105 of the 113 seats which will go to the polls in the first two phases on February 10 and 14, with 44 of them hailing from Other Backward Classes and 19 Scheduled Castes, accounting for 60 per cent of the total.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters the list has 63 sitting MLAs, including ministers such as Suresh Khanna, Suresh Rana and Shrikant Sharma, while 20 have made way for others.
Polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases – February 10, February 14, February 20, February 23, February 27, March 3, and March 7. The counting of votes is on March 10.
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