BJP names Yogi from home turf; focuses on OBCs in UP's first list
Hindustan Times Delhi|January 16, 2022
LUCKNOW: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dropped 20 sitting lawmakers as it announced the list of 105 candidates for the first two phases of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on February 10 and 14.
Manish Chandra Pandey

The announcement came on a day when the party also fielded chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya for the assembly polls.

Adityanath, a five-term Lok Sabha MP, will contest his first assembly poll from the Gorakhpur urban seat, which will go to the polls in the sixth phase on March 3. Gorakhpur is the political home of Adityanath, who is also the chief priest of the Gorakhnath temple.

Sirathu, the birthplace of Maurya and also from where he has been fielded, goes to the polls in the fifth phase on February 27.

The names on the first list include candidates from 44 other backward classes (OBCs), 19 Dalits, 10 women, and a few turncoats. The announcement has come at a time when a number of senior BJP leaders, including state ministers, have left the party, accusing it of ignoring the interests of Dalits and OBCs. Uttar Pradesh goes to assembly polls in seven phases between February 10 and March 7. The names of Adityanath and Maurya are in addition to the 105 for the first two rounds.

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