“Yogi ji is the chief minister. We are fighting the elections under his leadership,” the Union minister said in an exclusive interview with News24 editor-in-chief Anuradha Prasad.
“We will win more seats in western Uttar Pradesh than last time. Like 2017 this time also BJP will cross triple century,” he said.
Out of 403 assembly seats, 58 seats (including nine reserved) in 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh will go to polls tomorrow. Polling will be held between 7 am and 6 pm in Shamli, Hapur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura and Agra.
In the 2017 assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 312 seats out of 403, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got 47 and 19 seats respectively. The Congress was successful in winning only seven seats.
Anurag Thakur has claimed that SP Singh Baghel, who is contesting against Akhilesh Yadav from Karhal in Mainpuri, will defeat the Samajwadi Party chief and former CM with a “large majority”.
Asked about Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM being called BJP’s ‘B-team’, Anurag Thakur said, “BJP can’t have any relation with Owaisi. Look at his language… of appeasement Politicians cannot be with us.”
On the Karnataka hijab controversy, she said, “The matter is still under consideration. It would not be right to comment on it.”
Assembly elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh in seven phases from tomorrow, while the counting of votes will take place on March 10.
First published:February 9, 2022, 7:42 pm