As the end of 2021 and the eve of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections draw nearer, the big forces have begun to campaign with enthusiasm and gain the trust of the people. Uttar Pradesh is the center of the political battleground in North India, all contesting parties are going all-out to convince the janta to vote for them. The current ruling party in the state – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will look to assert its dominance once again as they did in the previous UP Legislative Assembly elections in 2017. A total of 403 seats will be up for contest during the 2022 UP elections scheduled to be held in the months of February & March next year.
The ruling party in the state, BJP, has planned to strengthen their presence during campaigning by lining up visits by top BJP bigwigs in the state during the month of November. The leaders of BJP in UP have been busy with preparations for visits by central BJP leaders which include Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami & BJP President JP Nadda amongst others.
Home Minister Amit Shah is slated to be in Varanasi, UP today i.e., 12th November to meet 75 district chiefs regarding election preparedness of each district and then head to Azamgarh on 13th November to lay the foundation stone of an upcoming state university. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to be in Sultanpur on 16th November for the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway and a public gathering at the same event. The Prime Minister will then return to the state on 19th November with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Jhansi on Rani Laxmibai’s 193rd birth anniversary where the PM is slated to announce the launch of defence related projects & piped water project to reach more citizens.
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami will be in the state on 17th & 18th November in Lucknow to address public gatherings.
The opposition of Indian National Congress (INC) led by Priyanka Gandhi in UP is also offering public benefits to gain interest of voters. INC leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra promised ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) & Anganwadis with a monthly compensation of ₹10,000 if her party is voted to power next year and accused the UP government of insulting the work by workers of these organizations.
Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition SP+ (Samajwadi Party & allies) & leader of Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav has promised a complete caste census in the state if their alliance is voted to power in the upcoming legislative elections. The SP leader also stated that his party would form more alliances with more parties to fight the current ruling powers in UP.