The list of candidates for the first and second phases of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections was revealed on Saturday by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who advocated that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had rendered the state riot-free.
Mr Pradhan published the list of candidates, expressing confidence in maintaining power with a large majority, and saying, “UP was earlier known as BIMARU state, today the same UP has emerged as number one in terms of development in the country.”
The names are for 107 seats that will vote in the first two rounds of the election on February 10 and 14: 83 are current MLAs and 21 are new candidates.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh held a news conference at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi to announce the list.
The Union Minister praised the Uttar Pradesh government, saying, “In Uttar Pradesh, medical institutes are currently being established, and expressways are being constructed. In the previous five years, Yogi ji’s government has fought to combat gundaraj, corruption, and mafia. Even at night, daughters are free to explore. Yogi ji has made Uttar Pradesh a riot-free state, in my opinion.”
He said that several colleges and motorways were built under the rule of the BJP government, and that development projects were carried out under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supervision.
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, will run in the forthcoming Assembly elections from Gorakhpur, according to the BJP.
The BJP has fielded women on 10 seats, OBC candidates on 44 seats, and scheduled castes (SC) candidates on 19 seats, accounting for 60% of the total, in order to keep the caste arithmetic balanced and to appeal to voters.