2022 UP election: Yogi Adityanath says Samajwadi Party on backfoot, gave tickets to ‘rioters’

2022 UP election: Yogi Adityanath says Samajwadi Party on backfoot, gave tickets to 'rioters'

New Delhi: Ahead of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday accused Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party of giving tickets to “rioters” in the polls and said it was “on the back foot” after releasing its first list of candidates.

Adityanath told ANI that Samajwadi Party was trying to “bring ‘mafiavad’ in the state once again”. The Chief Minister said that during the past five years of BJP rule in the state, “professional criminals” and “rioters” either left the state or got their bails cancelled and went back to jails.

“In five years rioters and professional criminals either left the state or were in jail. As elections approached…Samajwadi Party’s first list (had) rioters of Saharanpur, of Muzaffarpur, the criminals responsible for migration of Hindu traders from Kairana, the way tickets were given in Bulandshahr, Siyana, Loni, all this shows that criminal mindset, tamanchawadi mentality, mafiavadi mentality, these political parties whether Samajwadi Party or Congress, they have not been able to get over it,” Yogi Adityanath said.

“They are resorting to it to deprive the state of development and bring back mafiavad,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that the BJP came to power in the state in the 2017 polls on the issues of “development, good governance and nationalism” and it was seeking a mandate on these issues in the upcoming Assembly polls. “One thing is clear that ‘Samajwadi Party is on the backfoot after releasing their first list. Now they are apprehensive over releasing the second list,” he said.

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Elections for the 403 Assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10. Polling will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

first published:Jan. 19, 2022, 7 p.m.

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