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Yogi Adityanath to Contest from Home Turf Gorakhpur, Saffron Stronghold Since 1967

The BJP on Saturday announced that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2022 from the Gorakhpur Urban constituency, a party stronghold that the BJP and the Jan Sangh have held since 1967.

The candidature of Yogi Adityanath was speculated from three possible seats — Ayodhya, Gorakhpur Urban and Mathura — and the BJP Parliamentary Board decided that the CM should be fielded from the Gorakhpur Urban seat. Adityanath had been also the MP from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat since 1998 until he became UP Chief Minister in 2017.

With the Gorakhpur Urban seat being an extremely safe one for the BJP and the stronghold of Yogi Adityanath with the Gorakhnath Temple there, the CM may not have to spend much time campaigning and can focus on the rest of the election strategy in UP as he is among the top star campaigners. The BJP has put up deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from the Sirathu seat which he had won in 2012.

Earlier this month, News18.com was the first to report that the CM would contest the election and that Gorakhpur, Ayodhya and Mathura were in contention. By contesting the election, Adityanath has now piled pressure on his political opponents Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress UP-incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to follow suit.

Former Chief Minister Yadav reacted to the announcement from the BJP, saying: “People had to send Yogi Adityanath back to Gorakhpur, but before the people, the BJP has sent him back.”

Yadav had earlier said he won’t contest the polls, but lately said he will go by his party’s decision in this regard and contest from any seat that is chosen.

Mayawati has, however, made it clear that she will not contest the elections. There has been no word from Priyanka Gandhi on the same.

BJP leader Radha Mohan Das Agarwal has been the four-time MLA from Gorakhpur Urban seat since 2002 and won last in 2017 by over 60,000 votes. Before that, BJP leaders Shiv Pratap Shukla and Sunil Shastri held the seat from 1989 to 2002 and 1980 to 1989, respectively.

Before that, candidates of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh held this seat since 1967. The Congress had won this seat in 1951, 1957 and 1962.

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