BJP has released the first list of candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Saturday. The list was released by union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP national general secretary Arun Singh at the press conference in New Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest from Gorakhpur seat, while state Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya will contest from Sirathu in Prayagraj district.
BJP on Saturday announced the list of candidates on 57 out of the 58 seats for the first phase and 38 candidates out of the 55 seats in the second phase for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
The party in the first list announced today has dropped at least 20 of its sitting MLAs, while has retained 63 of its sitting candidates for the state Assembly elections. With 20 new faces, BJP has named 107 candidates in total for the first two phases.
The polling for the Gorakhpur (Urban) seat, which is the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s stronghold will take place on March 3. The constituency has voted him to the Lok Sabha for five straight terms till 2017.
Speaking on CM Yogi contesting from Gorakhpur seat, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the decision has been made after much deliberation and the final decision was taken by the top leaders of the party.
Earlier, it was much speculated that the Chief Minister, who has never contested in Assembly election before, would contest from one of two cities of Uttar Pradesh – Ayodhya or Mathura.
Contesting from Gorakhpur seat, Yogi will become the first Chief Minister of the state in 15 years to seek people’s mandate by contesting Assembly elections, while former CM’s Mayawati and Akhilesh were both members of Legislative Council.