Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath confirmed on Saturday that he will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, but from which seat will be decided by the party leadership.
“I will fight the elections wherever the party says,” Adityanath said when asked whether he will fight from Ayodhya, Mathura or from his home district of Gorakhpur.
Mr Yogi, who is currently a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, was in contact with the media in Lucknow.
When asked if there was work he could not do in his five-year tenure, Mr Yogi said, “Whatever was said has been done. There is no more work you should regret.” The Chief Minister tried to allay concerns that were apparent among some of the incumbent MLAs regarding getting party tickets, saying the BJP is a “very big family” and people’s role in it can change over time.
“Every person’s role is different at different times. It is not necessary that there is always one person in the government, sometimes he can also do the work of the organization,” he said.
The Chief Minister said the COVID protocol will be followed to the limit when the dates for the elections are announced.
Asked about what has changed since the 2017 elections, Mr Adityanath said: “In 2017 we fought against the failure of the state government. This time we fight based on our performance.”
The Chief Minister also took a swipe at Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav’s promise to give 300 free units of electricity to household consumers when they come to power, saying the people of the state know that “only five districts before 2017 got power”.
Earlier in the day, while wishing the people a happy new year, the head of the Samajwadi party made the announcement in a tweet in Hindi.
“2022 will be a new year with new light for a new Uttar Pradesh. Three hundred units of electricity for households (household consumers) will be given for free and electricity for irrigation will be free,” wrote Mr Akhilesh.
On the Congress pledge to give scooties to women when they come to power, Mr Adityanath asked how many scooties have been distributed in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan where the party has its government.