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CM Yogi to fight UP polls from Gorakhpur, BJP releases first list

Amid political exodes, the BJP on Saturday announced its first list of candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest the polls from Gorakhpur seat and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya from the Sirathu assembly constituency. The list was released by union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and national general secretary Arun Singh at the press conference in New Delhi. BJP has fielded former Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya from Agra (rural). The list comprises 57 candidates contesting in the first phase and 48 candidates fighting in the second phase of the seven-phase assembly elections. Of the 107 candidates announced, 44 are from Other Backward Caste and 19 from the Schedule Caste, according to a BJP functionary.

The candidates' names were announced following the meeting of BJP's central election committee that concluded on January 13. The meeting was chaired by BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and other members of the committee were present during the meeting.According to reports,the BJP has denied tickets to 20 MLAs, instead choosing to field new faces from their seats.

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