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UP assembly polls: BJP likely to announce first list of candidates at 12:30 pm

Punjab Tribune Bureau | January 15, 2022 12:23 PM

LUCKNOW: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to announce the first list of candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh today at 12:30 pm. According to Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, the BJP's Central Election Committee (CEC) on Saturday discussed the names of candidates for 172 seats at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

 

Maurya said that the BJP, which has lost eight MLAs, including three ministers, in the last three days, will win by a bigger margin than its 2017 triumph.

 

The leaders also discussed on Saturday, the possibility of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath contesting polls. Reports suggest that Adityanath could contest from Ayodhya. Notably, Adityanath has never contested an Assembly election. He has previously represented the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat five times. He is currently a member of the Legislative Council.

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