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Yogi Adityanath May Contest From Ayodhya in 2022 UP Assembly Election

The decision to let Yodi contest the state assembly elections from Ayodhya is seen as an attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to build up its campaign with less than a year remaining till the state goes to polls.

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File photograph of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath- (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath may contest the 2022 state assembly elections from Ayodhya, said top sources in Lucknow. They added that the sitting MLA from Ayodhya Ved Prakash Gupta is ready to give up his seat for the CM.

Gupta may be elected to the legislative council after the polls.

The CM is currently a member of the state legislative council since 2017.

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Uttar Pradesh has a bicameral legislature which means that it has both the legislative assembly and legislative council and a member of any of the two houses can become the minister or the CM.

The decision to let Yodi contest the state assembly elections from Ayodhya is seen as an attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to build up its campaign with less than a year remaining till the state goes to polls.

Before taking over the region as CM, Adityanath represented the constituency of Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha. 

However, he quit the seat in 2017 after which the BJP suffered a massive setback as it lost the seat in the 2018 bye-election to a coalition led by the Samajwadi Party.

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A year later the BJP managed to win back the seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections after Ravi Kishan won the seat.

Assembly elections will take place in February-March 2022 in Uttar Pradesh as a resurgent BJp looks to retain power in the state where it was voted to power with a majority in 2017.