UP Assembly Elections: BJP released its first list of candidates, Adityanath will contest from Gorakhpur

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday (January 15, 2022) released the first list of candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

The list was released during a press conference by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP national general secretary Arun Singh at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

BJP has released the list of 57 candidates in the first phase, 48 in the second phase and 105 in the third phase.

Dharmendra Pradhan also put an end to the speculation about Yogi Adityanath and said that he will contest from Gorakhpur.

Yogi Adityanath, notably, is a five-time former Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur and is currently a member of the state’s Legislative Council.

Earlier there were reports that BJP is considering fielding the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from Ayodhya or Mathura. Adityanath, however, had said that he was ready to contest the assembly elections from wherever the party’s top leadership decides.

Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan also told that the current Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya will contest from Sirathu.

Read also | UP Assembly elections: SP-RLD alliance announces first list of 29 candidates

Read also | Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections: 40 percent women in Congress’s first list, Unnao rape victim’s mother will contest

It is worth noting that recently BJP has suffered a setback. Seven leaders including cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya left the party, Maurya had joined the Samajwadi Party on Friday along with his former cabinet colleague Dharam Singh Saini and five other BJP MLAs.

PM Modi to interact with BJP workers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with BJP members from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on January 18. It is likely to be a virtual conversation.

This will be the Prime Minister’s first political program in which party workers will participate after the Election Commission announced the schedule for elections to the five state assemblies, including Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections will be held in seven phases

Voting for 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh will begin in seven phases from February 10. Voting will be held in Uttar Pradesh on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7.

The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Earlier in the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP had won 312 assembly seats and secured a vote share of 39.67 per cent. SP got 47 seats, while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got 19 and Congress got seven seats.

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