New DelhiAfter Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav “send home” taunts over the candidature of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur constituency in the upcoming assembly polls, the Yogi office on Saturday hit back saying the entire state is the CM’s home.
Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, ‘Sometimes Mathura said … sometimes Ayodhya … and now he is saying … Gorakhpur … in front of the public his party sent him back home…’ Akhilesh Yadav in Hindi tweeted.
Responding to his statement, Yogi’s office tweeted in Hindi, “The entire state is his home for Chief Minister @myogiadityanath, who considers 25 crore people as family. And the same people are going to declare him as their guardian again on March 10. What will happen to you?”
Adityanath has thanked the top leadership of the party for fielding him from Gorakhpur (Urban).
He tweeted in Hindi, “Heartfelt thanks to respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National President JP Nadda and the Parliamentary Board for making me the candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party from Gorakhpur (Urban) in the upcoming assembly elections.”
Putting to rest all speculation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest from his stronghold Gorakhpur, which elected him to the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms till 2017.
Earlier there was speculation that Adityanath, who has never contested assembly elections before, may contest from Ayodhya or Mathura. BJP leader Harnath Singh Yadav had written a letter to the party’s national president JP Nadda urging him to field the chief minister from Mathura.
Notably, the BJP won the 2017 election by winning over 300 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly without declaring the chief ministerial face. Adityanath, who played a key role in the BJP’s election campaign, took over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 26, 2017.
Adityanath contested the general election from Gorakhpur for the first time in 1998 at the age of 26 and became the youngest MP in the 12th Lok Sabha. He is the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in the city. He took up the position in September 2014 following the death of his spiritual “father”, Mahant Aililnath.
In Uttar Pradesh, polling will be held in seven phases on 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10. (ANI)
First Published:January 15, 2022, 7:52 pm