Mumbai: Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said the party will contest the state elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2022.
“Why do the people of districts of Uttar Pradesh have to come to Delhi for healthcare, education, and basic facilities? Why can’t they take advantage of it in their state? Kejriwal said he made the announcement.
He said, “AAP will contest Uttar Pradesh elections in 2022 … Many people of Uttar Pradesh who live in Delhi have told us over the years that UP also deserves welfare and benefits like Delhi.”
“If Sangam Vihar can have Mohalla Clinics, so can Gomti Nagar,” Kejriwal added.
Aam Aadmi Party will fight Uttar Pradesh elections in 2022: AAP leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/6MtUylSGGV
— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2020
Kejriwal also said that all parties in Uttar Pradesh have cheated the people because “each regime crossed each other in terms of corruption”. The Delhi chief minister asked voters to give his party a chance, saying, “UP politics lacks good intentions, which the AAP can bring.” Kejriwal said, “I assure you that the people of Uttar Pradesh will forget all other parties.”
“People have voted AAP to Delhi because they were waiting for an honest government … Today, all the residents of UP need an honest political party with good intentions,” he added.
The announcement comes after the AAP registered its first victory in the Goa District Panchayat elections. The party opened its account with Hanjel Fernandes, who won the Benaulim seat in South Goa. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party gained a major lead as it won 32 seats out of 49.
Uttar Pradesh is currently ruled by the Yogi Adityanath led government after BJP stormed to power in the 2017 legislative assembly elections. In the 403-member UP Assembly, among the major parties, BJP has 309 legislators, Samajwadi Party has 49, Bahujan Samaj Party 18, and Congress 7.