Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released its first list of 107 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The party has fielded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the Gorakhpur (Urban) Assembly constituency.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will contest the Assembly polls from Sirathu in Prayagraj, said BJP's UP in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan. He informed that the party has released the list of candidates on 48 out of 55 seats in second phase and 57 out of 58 seats in first phase.
Out of the 107 names announced by the party, 63 are sitting MLAs, while 20 MLAs have been dropped. Also, there are 10 women candidates.
According to reports, more than 60 per cent of the names in BJP's first list are from the OBC and SC categories.
The first phase of polling will be held on February 10, followed by second phase on February 14, third phase on February 20, fourth phase on February 23, fifth phase on February 27, sixth phase on March 3 and seventh phase on March 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
In the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party had bagged 312 seats out of the 403. Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had bagged 47 seats and 19 seats respectively. Congress had managed to win only seven seats.
Besides Uttar Pradesh, Assembly elections will also be held in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.