Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its candidates for 17 Assembly constituencies, including candidates for all the nine Assembly segments in Lucknow for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections 2022. High profile hopefuls from the capital Lucknow, Aparna Yadav, the daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party patriarch and former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, and BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s son Mayank Joshi, were both not on the list.
Former Enforcement Directorate officer Rajeshwar Singh, whose voluntary retirement was today accepted by the union government has been given the party ticket from the Sarojini Nagar assembly seat. Swati Singh, state’s minister of state for woman welfare, and her husband Dayashankar Singh were both eyeing the seat.
The high-profile Lucknow Cantonment seat, where both Ms Yadav and Mr Joshi were hoping to be nominated, has been given to state minister Brijesh Pathak. This is considered a safe seat for The party. Rita Bahuguna Joshi had defeated Aparna Yadav on this seat in the last elections.
The BJP had won eight out of the nine seats in Lucknow in the last state elections.
Rajneesh Gupta has been announced the candidate from Lucknow Central.
State minister Ashutosh Tandon will contest from his Lucknow east seat.
Notably, Ashutosh Shukla has been given the BJ ticket from Bhagwantnagar in Unnao district where Hriday Narain Dikshit is the outgoing MLA.
Uttar Pradesh will witness elections in seven phases. The voting for the first phase in UP elections 2022 will be conducted on February 10, while the second phase, third and fourth will be held on February 14, 20 and 23 respectively. The fifth, sixth and second phases will witness polling on February 27 and March 3 and 7 respectively.
The Election Commission will announce the Uttar Pradesh election results 2022 on March 10, 2022.