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Why Can't UP Have Amenities Like Delhi, Asks Kejriwal, Announces AAP Will Contest State Elections in 2022

File photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

File photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party will contest Uttar Pradesh elections in 2022, party chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

The Aam Aadmi Party will contest Uttar Pradesh elections in 2022, party chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

In eight years, the AAP formed government thrice in Delhi and has come out as main opposition in Punjab. We will fight Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2022," Kejriwal said. "Many brothers and sisters of Uttar Pradesh live in Delhi. When AAP formed government third time in Delhi, then many people belonging to UP gave us suggestions that we should contest polls in the state. They said that they were unhappy with the present parties in the state," he added.

“Why do people from districts across Uttar Pradesh have to come to Delhi for healthcare, education and basis amenities? Why can’t they avail that in their own state?” said Kejriwal as he made the announcement.

On Monday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that his party will form an alliance with smaller parties in the upcoming Assembly polls. Speaking to media when asked about the party's alliance in the upcoming Assembly election in the state to stop the BJP, Yadav said, "Samajwadi Party will forge an alliance with smaller parties. Our experience has not been good with big

parties."

The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh said, "We are hopeful that in 2022 Samajwadi party will form the government in the state with the majority."

BJP had stormed back to power in the state in the 2017 Assembly polls. In the 403 member UP Assembly, among the major parties, BJP has 309 legislators, SP 49, BSP 18, and Congress 7.

first published:December 15, 2020, 12:30 IST